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Media statistics > Cinema > Average cinema visits

Cinema visits per head of population
annual average

1926 : 1941 28.01 1956 22.11 1971 3.25
1927 : 1942 31.82 1957 18.29 1972 2.89
1928 : 1943 32.67 1958 15.02 1973 2.47
1929 : 1944 33.23 1959 11.49 1974 2.54
1930 : 1945 33.29 1960 9.83 1975 2.14
1931 : 1946 34.19 1961 8.74 1976 1.91
1932 : 1947 30.43 1962 7.62 1977 1.90
1933 : 1948 31.37 1963 6.86 1978 2.31
1934 : 1949 29.50 1964 6.54 1979 2.05
1935 : 1950 28.67 1965 6.19 1980 1.85
1936 20.09 1951 27.90 1966 5.45 1981 1.52
1937 20.63 1952 26.75 1967 4.97 1982 1.17
1938 21.42 1953 26.11 1968 4.43 1983 1.20
1939 21.38 1954 25.84 1969 4.00 1984 1.06
1940 22.08 1955 23.85 1970 3.79 1985 1.25

In the mid 1940s this means that every person in the UK attended the cinema on average once every 10.6 days. In 1984 the corresponding figure was once every 344 days (11 months 10 days). Of course, in neither case did the entire population visit the cinema, so those who did attend more frequently. In 1946 the typical cinemagoer attended at least one a week.


Cinema statistics index

Page updated 2 November 2008