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Cinema industry trends
Cinema screens by exhibitor

Number and proportion of cinema screens by exhibitor, 1998–2016

Next update March 2018


There are three cinema chains in Australia that together account for more than 1,000 screens or over half the national total. These chains are Greater Union and its subsidiary Birch Carroll & Coyle (which operates mainly in Queensland), Hoyts and Village. Other chains include Reading, Palace and Wallis Theatres. Independents account for 32 per cent of screens.

In 2016, screen numbers remained relatively steady for all exhibitors.

Commercial screens by exhibitor, 2016

Graph: Commercial screens by exhibitor, 2014. The table following provides the data.

2016

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 2,121 100% 22 100%
Birch Carroll & Coyle 248 12% 1 5%
Dendy1 27 1% 0 0%
Grand1 39 2% 0 0%
Greater Union 292 14% 4 18%
Hoyts2 354 17% 0 0%
Palace 102 5% 0 0%
Reading 141 7% 1 5%
Village 208 10% 2 9%
Wallis Theatres 23 1% 1 0%
Independent1, 3 686 32% 14 64%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. In 2010, Pacific Equity Partners, owners of Hoyts, acquired Australian Multiplex Cinemas (AMC).
3. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2015

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 2,084 100% 23 100%
Birch Carroll & Coyle 240 12% 1 4%
Dendy1 27 1% 0 0%
Grand1 39 2% 0 0%
Greater Union 288 14% 4 17%
Hoyts2 341 16% 0 0%
Palace 105 5% 0 0%
Reading 141 7% 1 4%
Village 208 10% 2 9%
Wallis Theatres 23 1% 1 4%
Independent1, 3 672 32% 15 61%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. In 2010, Pacific Equity Partners, owners of Hoyts, acquired Australian Multiplex Cinemas (AMC).
3. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2014

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 2,074 100% 25 100%
Birch Carroll & Coyle 246 12% 1 4%
Dendy1 27 1% 0 0%
Grand1 39 2% 0 0%
Greater Union 262 13% 4 16%
Hoyts2 341 16% 0 0%
Palace 102 5% 0 0%
Reading 150 7% 1 4%
Village 210 10% 2 8%
Wallis Theatres 25 1% 2 8%
Independent1, 3 672 32% 15 60%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. In 2010, Pacific Equity Partners, owners of Hoyts, acquired Australian Multiplex Cinemas (AMC).
3. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2013

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 2,057 100% 27 100%
Birch Carroll & Coyle 228 11% 1 4%
Dendy1 27 1% 0 0%
Grand1 39 2% 0 0%
Greater Union 264 13% 7 26%
Hoyts2 363 18% 0 0%
Palace 106 5% 0 0%
Reading 149 7% 1 4%
Village 208 10% 3 11%
Wallis Theatres 24 1% 2 7%
Independent1, 3 649 32% 13 48%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. In 2010, Pacific Equity Partners, owners of Hoyts, acquired Australian Multiplex Cinemas (AMC).
3. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2012

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,997 100% 28 100%
Birch Carroll & Coyle 221 11% 1 4%
Dendy1 29 1% 0 0%
Grand1 37 2% 0 0%
Greater Union 266 13% 6 21%
Hoyts2 369 18% 0 0%
Palace 86 4% 1 4%
Reading 149 7% 1 4%
Village 209 10% 2 7%
Wallis Theatres 24 1% 2 7%
Independent1 605 30% 14 50%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.
2. In 2010, Pacific Equity Partners, owners of Hoyts, acquired Australian Multiplex Cinemas (AMC).

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2011

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,991 100% 28 100%
Birch Carroll & Coyle 194 10% 1 4%
Dendy1 26 1% 0 0%
Grand1 37 2% 0 0%
Greater Union 293 15% 6 21%
Hoyts2 369 19% 0 0%
Palace 83 4% 1 4%
Reading 149 7% 1 4%
Village 221 11% 2 7%
Wallis Theatres 24 1% 0 0%
Independent1 593 30% 17 61%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.
2. In 2010, Pacific Equity Partners, owners of Hoyts, acquired Australian Multiplex Cinemas (AMC).

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2010

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,994 100% 28 100%
AMC1 18 1% 0 0%
Birch Carroll & Coyle 193 10% 1 4%
Dendy1 26 1% 0 0%
Grand1 37 2% 0 0%
Greater Union 295 15% 6 21%
Hoyts 351 18% 0 0%
Palace 83 4% 1 4%
Reading 154 8% 1 4%
Village 219 11% 2 7%
Wallis Theatres 24 1% 0 0%
Independent1 594 30% 17 61%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2009

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,989 100% 33 100%
AMC1 44 2% 0 0%
Birch Carroll & Coyle 188 9% 1 3%
Dendy1 26 1% 0 0%
Grand1 37 2% 0 0%
Greater Union 290 15% 11 33%
Hoyts 325 16% 0 0%
Palace 73 4% 1 3%
Reading 146 7% 1 3%
Village 219 11% 2 6%
Wallis Theatres 24 1% 0 0%
Independent1 617 31% 17 52%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2008

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,980 100% 34 100%
AMC1 44 2% 0 0%
Birch Carroll & Coyle 210 11% 1 3%
Dendy1 26 1% 0 0%
Grand1 37 2% 0 0%
Greater Union 251 13% 11 32%
Hoyts 333 17% 0 0%
Palace 73 4% 1 3%
Reading 151 8% 1 3%
Village 219 11% 2 6%
Wallis Theatres 27 1% 3 9%
Independent1 609 31% 15 44%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2007

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,941 100% 32 100%
AMC1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 210 11% 1 3%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 251 13% 11 34%
Hoyts 335 17% 0 0%
Palace 63 3% 1 3%
Reading 136 7% 1 3%
Village 216 11% 2 6%
Wallis Theatres 29 1% 3 9%
Independent1 701 36% 13 41%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2006

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,964 100% 38 100%
AMC1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 218 11% 1 3%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 257 13% 13 34%
Hoyts 347 18% 4 11%
Palace 59 3% 1 3%
Reading 136 7% 1 3%
Village 226 12% 2 5%
Wallis Theatres 27 1% 3 8%
Independent1 694 35% 13 34%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2005

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,943 100% 43 100%
AMC1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 218 11% 0 0%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 245 13% 13 30%
Hoyts 347 18% 4 9%
Palace 50 2% 0 0%
Reading 138 7% 1 2%
Village 229 12% 5 12%
Wallis Theatres 32 2% 3 7%
Independent1 684 35% 17 40%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2004

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,909 100% 45 100%
AMC1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 218 11% 0 0%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 223 12% 5 11%
Hoyts 360 19% 12 27%
Palace 50 3% 0 0%
Reading 130 7% 1 2%
Village 225 12% 6 13%
Wallis Theatres 32 2% 3 7%
Independent1 671 35% 18 40%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents. Includes screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2003

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,907 100% 49 100%
AMC1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 223 12% 0 0%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 234 12% 10 21%
Hoyts 344 18% 9 18%
Palace 57 3% 3 6%
Reading 93 5% 1 2%
Village 229 12% 6 12%
Wallis Theatres 26 1% 2 4%
Independent1 662 35% 18 37%
Non-commercial2 39 2% 0 0%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. Refers to screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2002

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,872 100% 49 100%
AMC1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 223 12% 0 0%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 234 13% 10 21%
Hoyts 340 18% 9 18%
Palace 57 3% 3 6%
Reading 93 5% 1 2%
Village 231 12% 6 12%
Wallis Theatres 19 1% 2 4%
Independent1 636 34% 18 37%
Non-commercial2 39 2% 0 0%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. Refers to screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2001

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,855 100% 53 100%
AMC1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 220 12% 0 0%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 234 13% 10 19%
Hoyts 338 18% 9 17%
Palace 59 3% 5 9%
Reading 93 5% 1 2%
Village 232 13% 7 13%
Wallis Theatres 19 1% 3 6%
Independent1 621 33% 18 34%
Non-commercial2 39 2% 0 0%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. Refers to screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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2000

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,817 100% 57 100%
AMC1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 214 12% 0 0%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 217 12% 11 19%
Hoyts 341 19% 11 19%
Palace n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Reading 81 4% 0 0%
Village 222 12% 7 12%
Wallis Theatres 19 1% 3 5%
Independent1 684 38% 25 44%
Non-commercial2 39 2% 0 0%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. Refers to screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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1999

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,748 100% 66 100%
AMC1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 202 12% 0 0%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 184 11% 13 20%
Hoyts 300 17% 14 21%
Palace n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Reading n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Village 214 12% 9 14%
Wallis Theatres 20 1% 3 5%
Independent1 787 45% 27 41%
Non-commercial2 41 2% 0 0%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. Refers to screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

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1998

All screens 70mm screens
No. Share No. Share
Total screens 1,576 100% 74 100%
AMC1 n.a n.a. n.a. n.a.
Birch Carroll & Coyle 186 12% 2 3%
Dendy1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Grand1 n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Greater Union 183 12% 15 20%
Hoyts 268 17% 18 24%
Palace n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Reading n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Village 206 13% 11 15%
Wallis Theatres 21 1% 3 4%
Independent1 660 42% 25 34%
Non-commercial2 52 3% 0 0%

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

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding. Each year is based on annual data accessed the following January/February in the MPDAA theatre count by circuit report, and does not reflect any subsequent updates by the MPDAA.
Includes drive-ins.
n.a. Not available.
1. Before 2008, the screens of AMC, Dendy and Grand were allocated to independents.
2. Refers to screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and airforce bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities. Not available from 2004, but included in totals.
3. Figures for 70 mm screens are included in ‘all screens’. Changes in screen numbers may reflect changing ownership rather than cinema closures.

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