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What Goes into a Great Movie Theatre Sign?

The theatre industry is very competitive, and you need more than popcorn and blockbuster movies to draw in the movie crowds.  Eye-catching theatre signs are one way to stand apart, as they help add to the movie-going experience. From gorgeously designed marquees to cabinet signs, here is what goes into a great movie theatre sign.

A Great Move Theatre Sign Makes an Entrance 

Movie theatre entrance signs, or marquees as they are sometimes known, are mounted above the entrance to the theatre. The best ones immediately draw attention and can even be awe-inspiring. The bold, illuminated sign that adorns the entrance marquee to Regency Theatres is a good example of this.

Movie Theatre Signs - Regency Theaters

Theatre entrance signs can also feature a design or logo. The vintage Mayfair Theatre marquee sign pictured below shows this.

Mayfair vintage theatre sign
Mayfair Theatre vintage neon sign restoration by Dave’s Signs.

They Showcase History 

Garry Marshall theatre sign
Garry Marshall theatre sign in Burbank, CA.

Theatre designs often commemorate movie and TV history and the creative minds that bring them to us.  The famous Garry Marshall Theatre signage we created showcases a big piece of California film-making history, while also paying homage to Happy Days creator and American director Garry Marshall.

As you can see, the entrance signs of Garry Marshall Theatre feature the movie or play being shown and the celebrities appearing at that venue. The marquee’s distinctive neon design and its LED-illuminated poster cabinet panels in front beckon people to come and see what it’s all about.

They Stand Out

The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara is part of the Golden Age of Hollywood. It’s also been a part of Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District for almost a century. Everything about the theatre is extraordinary, so not just any sign will do. Above all, it must stand out.

Theater Signs
Signage adorning the beautifully restored Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.

The illuminated movie marquee sign we restored for them has a classic design that blends in nicely with the facade. The sign works to increase their visibility. Moviegoers can see the movie name and listings 24/7.

We Know What Goes into Making a Great Movie Theatre Sign

As you can see, the excitement of going to the movies isn’t only about seeing the stars on the silver screen. In 2020, there were nearly 2,000 movie signs in California.

In light of that, why not let Dave Signs make the next custom sign that helps set you apart from the crowd? To find out more about how we can create your next movie sign, contact us at (805) 641-1387. Also, you can fill out our online form to get a quote.



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This is a blog about signs. We highlight the different types of signs: signs we’ve created for our customers, history of sign design and today’s cutting edge sign technologies. Ask a question about signs, and you’ll likely find the answer here.

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Here we go into detail on some of the custom signs we’ve done. Including Spencer Makenzie’s Neon Sign, Topper’s Pizza Neon Signs in the Oxnard Harbor, and The Historic Ventura Pole Sign. Check back with us. We’ll have more case studies of signs posted in the near future.

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We’ve designed, fabricated, installed and serviced signs all over southern California. Here are some highlighted areas near you including Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Barbara. Check back soon for more updates.

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We Make Beautiful Neon Signs in Our On-Site Facility

Dave’s Signs has perfected the art of neon signs. We can handle all sizes of neon signage, from the small intricate signs to the eye-catching, large neon signs. Ask us for a personalized quote or contact us for any questions you may have about neon signage.

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Whether you need a lobby sign, directional signage or ADA signs, Dave’s Signs can help you with all your office sign needs. We can use your logo and create a beautiful, distinctive sign for your office. We can also create custom building directory signs, suite signs, and directional signs to give the building a unique unified theme. Call us today to help you with all your office sign needs.

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