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Cinema audiences

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Cinema attendance of people aged 15 years and over by birthplace, 1995, 1999, 2006


2006: 12 months to June 2006

Among people aged 15 years and over who had been to the cinema at least once in 2006, 76 per cent were Australian born, 11 per cent were born overseas in the main English-speaking countries (UK, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the US and New Zealand) and 11 per cent were born in other countries.

In terms of attendance rates for these groups in 2006, people born in Australia were slightly more likely to have been to the cinema (attendance rate of 68 per cent) than people born overseas in the main English-speaking countries (67 per cent) or overseas in non-English speaking countries (51 per cent).

Share of cinema-goers aged 15 years and over, 2006

Graph: Share of cinema audiences aged 15 years and over by place of birth, 2006. The table following provides the data.
No. cinema-goers (’000) Share of cinema-goers (%) Attendance rate (%)1
Total 10,431.4 100% 65.2%
Born in Australia 7,882.0 75.6% 68.3%
Born outside Australia 2,549.3 24.4% 57.0%
– main English-speaking
countries2
1,144.3 11.0% 66.7%
– other countries 1,405.0 13.5% 51.0%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events (cat no 4114.0).

Notes:
1. Cinema-goers as a percentage of the Australian population aged 15 years and over.
2. Comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the United States and New Zealand.

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1999: 12 months to April 1999

No. cinema-goers (’000) Share of cinema-goers (%) Attendance rate (%)1
Total 9,987.6 100% 67.0%
Born in Australia 7,577.9 75.9% 69.7%
Born outside Australia 2,409.7 24.1% 59.7%
– main English-speaking
countries2
1,099.6 11.0% 69.1%
– other countries 1,310.0 13.1% 53.5%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events (cat no 4114.0).

Notes:
1. Cinema-goers as a percentage of the Australian population aged 15 years and over in each category.
2. Comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the United States and New Zealand.

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1995: 12 months to March 1995

No. cinema-goers (’000) Share of cinema-goers (%) Attendance rate (%)1
Total 8,733.8 100% 62.1%
Born in Australia 6,720.0 76.9% 64.9%
Born outside Australia 2,013.8 23.1% 54.1%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events (cat no 4114.0).

Notes:
1. Cinema-goers as a percentage of the Australian population aged 15 years and over in each category.

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