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Cinema industry trends
Seating capacity by state

2000–2016

Next update March 2018


2016: Theatre capacity as of JANUARY 2017

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 133,664 110,767 93,115 35,793 55,242 5,487 6,239 440,305
% 30% 25% 21% 8% 13% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed in January 2017 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.

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2015: Theatre capacity as of December 2015

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 134,868 109,240 89,863 33,805 55,898 5,487 6,237 435,398
% 31% 25% 21% 8% 13% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed n February 2016 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.

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2014: Theatre capacity as of December 2014

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 134,664 107,658 95,224 34,018 56,287 5,487 6,392 439,730
% 31% 24% 22% 8% 13% 1% 1% 100%


Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed on 5 February 2015 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.

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2013: Theatre capacity as of December 2013

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 134,023 112,266 94,585 34,796 57,912 5,487 6,392 445,461
% 30% 25% 21% 8% 13% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed on 22 January 2014 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.

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2012: Theatre capacity as of December 2012

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 140,060 115,518 92,331 36,590 54,490 5,861 6,703 451,553
% 31% 26% 20% 8% 12% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed on 23 January 2013 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.

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2011: Theatre capacity as of December 2011

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 139,756 115,518 92,466 36,590 54,490 5,861 6,703 451,384
% 31% 26% 20% 8% 12% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed on 19 January 2012 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.

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2010: Theatre capacity as of December 2010

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 140,034 116,781 93,526 37,650 54,833 5,861 6,703 455,388
% 31% 26% 21% 8% 12% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed on 9 March 2011 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.

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2009: Theatre capacity as of December 2009

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 139,912 119,675 94,531 41,396 55,433 5,861 6,703 463,511
% 30% 26% 20% 9% 12% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed on 29 January 2010 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.

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2008: Theatre capacity as of December 2008

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 139,476 117,763 92,659 40,241 52,877 5,861 6,703 455,580
% 31% 26% 20% 9% 12% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed on 6 February 2009 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.
In 2010, the MPDAA reported a revised total capacity for 2008 (462,000): see Total screens, seating capacity and theatres in Australia. A revised state breakdown is not available.

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2007: Theatre capacity as of December 2007

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 139,169 118,029 91,974 40,811 53,377 5,861 6,703 456,924
% 30% 26% 20% 9% 12% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed on 14 January 2008 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.

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2006: Theatre capacity as of December 2006

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT TOTAL
No. seats 144,780 120,570 91,772 41,813 55,686 5,886 6,703 467,210
% 31% 26% 20% 9% 12% 1% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed in January 2007 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.
1. Northern Territory not available prior to 2006. Previously, these screens were allocated between Queensland and South Australia based on the head office location of the theatre owner.

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2005: Theatre capacity as of December 2005

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD1 SA1 WA TAS TOTAL
No. seats 138,121 120,469 98,771 39,894 61,367 5,861 463,511
% 30% 26% 21% 9% 13% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed in January 2006 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.
In 2010, the MPDAA reported a revised total capacity for 2005 (473,000): see Total screens, seating capacity and theatres in Australia. A revised state breakdown is not available.
1. Includes Northern Territory (allocated between Queensland and South Australia based on head office location of the theatre owner).

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2004: Theatre capacity as of December 2004

  NSW/ACT VIC QLD1 SA1 WA TAS TOTAL
No. seats 137,483 117,915 94,835 43,102 59,927 6,894 460,156
% 30% 26% 21% 9% 13% 1% 100%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed in January 2005 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.
In 2010, the MPDAA reported a revised total capacity for 2004 (467,000): see Total screens, seating capacity and theatres in Australia. A revised state breakdown is not available.
1. Includes Northern Territory (allocated between Queensland and South Australia based on head office location of the theatre owner).

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2003: Theatre capacity as of December 2003

  Commercial seats Non- commercial seats Total capacity
No. %
Total 464,138 7,413 471,551 100%
NSW 139,924 800 140,724 30%
Vic 118,054 4,350 122,404 26%
Qld1 97,847 250 98,097 21%
SA1 41,983 460 42,443 9%
WA 59,431 1,553 60,984 13%
Tas 6,899 0 6,899 1%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed in January 2004 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.
In 2010, the MPDAA reported a revised total capacity for 2003 (472,000): see Total screens, seating capacity and theatres in Australia. A revised state breakdown is not available.
1. Includes Northern Territory (allocated between Queensland and South Australia based on head office location of the theatre owner).

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2002: Theatre capacity as of December 2002

  Commercial seats Non- commercial seats Total capacity
No. %
Total 456,178 7,413 463,591 100%
NSW 139,135 800 139,935 30%
Vic 113,640 4,350 117,990 25%
Qld1 97,120 250 97,370 21%
SA1 40,523 460 40,983 9%
WA 58,861 1,553 60,414 13%
Tas 6,899 0 6,899 2%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed in January 2003 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.
1. Includes Northern Territory (allocated between Queensland and South Australia based on head office location of the theatre owner).

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2001: Theatre capacity as of December 2001

  Commercial seats Non- commercial seats Total capacity
No. %
Total 455,367 7,413 462,780 100%
NSW 139,468 800 140,268 30%
Vic 114,007 4,350 118,357 26%
Qld1 97,333 250 97,583 21%
SA1 40,433 460 40,893 9%
WA 57,227 1,553 58,780 13%
Tas 6,899 0 6,899 1%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed in January 2002 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.
1. Includes Northern Territory (allocated between Queensland and South Australia based on head office location of the theatre owner).

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2000: Theatre capacity as of December 2000

  Commercial seats Non-commercial seats Total capacity
No. %
Total 444 ,798 7,771 452, 569 100%
NSW 132,819 800 133,619 30%
Vic 110,977 4,350 115,327 25%
Qld1 99,092 608 99,700 22%
SA1 41,753 460 42,213 9%
WA 53,902 1,553 55,455 12%
Tas 6,255 0 6,255 1%

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. They are based on annual data accessed in January 2001 in the MPDAA screen count by area report and do not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.
1. Includes Northern Territory (allocated between Queensland and South Australia based on head office location of the theatre owner).

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