Cinema industry trends Historical overview of admissions since 1901 Next update March 2017 Limited data is available on Australian cinema admissions before 1976, when the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) began compiling figures on the cinema industry. Between 1901 and 1976 there is no continuous official numerical series for attendances, but figures for selected years are available from a range of sources, which have been used to put together this overview of Australian cinema admissions since 1901. See About the data. Source: Compiled by Screen Australia using multiple sources. Population data from Australian Bureau of Statistics.