Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Triton Gallery: The Art of Buying and Selling Theatre Posters

Triton Gallery is located on the eight floor of the Film Center Building on
Ninth Avenue. I love their room number is "808" (the area code for my
home state of Honolulu).
(photo: TheHopefulTraveler)
 Today I return to Triton Gallery for my annual visit and annual purchase of the latest theater posters. It's something I look forward to each visit to New York. For one thing seeing these posters up close and in person they have a different aura about them that can't be communicated through pictures. The colors and details are far different. Secondly the the owner Roger Puckett and his dutiful staff are welcoming and friendly and knowledgeable about theater posters past and present.

I could just order the posters through the store's website but also seeing the framed posters of the current season's shows on the shop's walls, I often end up purchasing posters that have great artwork even though the show it advertises has closed or I had not planned to see it.

'Sons of the Prophet' poster.
But one thing for sure I make sure order one poster for every show I plan to see. For this shopping visit they had the hit shows ('Once', 'Newsies') and they even were stocked with the two off-Broadway productions I planned to see ('Potted Potter', 'The Cockfight Play'). A total of 18 posters would be shipped back to my home in Honolulu.

Of course I wasn't seeing 18 shows. My selection included the three different posters for 'Evita' (versions in red, blue or yellow). Also I loved the advertising campaign for the revival of 'How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'. I saw the show last year with Daniel Radcliffe, but new posters were designed when Darren Criss and then Nick Jonas took over the role. I thought they would make a great set to have all three though I did not get to see Criss or Jonas.

One of my unusual poster choices was for an off-Broadway play called 'Sons of the Prophet'. It features a photograph of a gnome with a bruised eye. Because of Travelocity gnomes are also associated with travel. Knowing I've been traveling for over twenty years now and with eighteen of them to New York City, I may not have gotten a black eye but I sure have had my share of scrapes and psychological bruises that comes with the stress and problems of traveling.

Click HERE to read my previous post about Triton Gallery called "The Art of the Theatre Poster at Triton Gallery".

The Wall Street Journal published a wonderful article of the shop earlier this month called "Where Theater Hangs". Click HERE to read the article (Note: wsj.com is a paid subscriber website. Visitors may not be able access content unless the story is unlocked through their 'article free pass' offer which allows guests to see a free sample of an article.)

Triton Gallery is located at 630 9th Avenue (between 44th and 45th Streets) on the 8th floor of the Film Center. Visitors must check in with security. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 12pm-6pm. Visit their online shop at tritongallery.com and search through the alphabetical poster listing for available posters, prices and shipping.

Some the posters included in my order this year with Triton Gallery.
(photo: TheHopefulTraveler)


Roger Triton said...

Very nice.

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