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How many theatres and screens are there? 11 Feb 2004 13:19 #7448

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NATO reports:

Jan 1-01 6979 sites with 36,264 screens

Jan 1-04 6,095 (-884) with 35,478 (-786)




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Re: How many theatres and screens are there? 12 Feb 2004 08:09 #7449

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That small a change over a three year period shows the stability that is needed for the industry to thrive. The overbuilding spree of a few years ago has abated, and well-designed new builds and renovations are improving the movie going experience. Hopefully the screens that are going dark are the poor ones that truly deserve to.

There is SIGNIFICANT growth overseas, especially in Asia and Latin America, and international day-in-date release patterns are making the "tentpole" pictures a worldwide event.

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Re: How many theatres and screens are there? 13 Feb 2004 00:25 #7450

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I don't think it shows stability at all, but rather stupidity and madness.

I still have several articles that were written back in 2000 when the bankruptcies were being filed that suggested that for the industry to become healthy, the US screen count would need to drop to somewhere between 27,000 to 30,000. That would be a drop of nearly 10,000 screens. There have closures of several thousand screens thus far, but reopenings and new builds have only allowed the industry to drop by about 800 screens. Almost no drop at all. Just look at any issue of Box Office magazine or NATOs InFocus and count the new builds. The building spree is almost back to where it was just before they all got into trouble.

If you look at the attendence figures per screen, they continue to decline. To me that suggests overbuilding.

I believe in the next 3 to 5 years there will be another round of bankruptcies, but this time many more will not survive.
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Re: How many theatres and screens are there? 13 Feb 2004 03:20 #7451

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Right on, ROXY... The US population continues to grow by leaps and bounds, yet the total NUMBER of movie tickets keeps falling... This fact is glossed over by ongoing ticket price increases which prop up grosses, but fewer and fewer people are actually seeing movies in theaters... When the total number of screens increases, it also means that each screen has fewer persons watching it... When the saturation point is reached for ticket prices, theater grosses will certainly fall drastically, and the excess screens will die off in droves... If it weren't for Video, Cable, and Satellite sales, there wouldn't be enough market to support the number of films being released because the majority don't recoup their bloated production costs during their brief theatrical release... Exhibition is the "poor relative" in all this, and in truth, the secondary markets are where the big money is... It is indeed stupidity and madness to continue building more and more screens to serve fewer and fewer customers!...
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