Cinema attendance is highest since 1970 in the UK

Cinema attendance has risen this year

More people went to movie theaters in 2018 in the UK than at any time since 1970. 

Phil Clapp, chief executive of the UK Cinema Association, claims that close to 176 million admissions were sold in 2018 - the highest number since 1970, "there has been a really strong film slate with a diversity of films performing well," Mr Clapp told Sky News. "Probably one of the reasons why admissions have been higher than they have been is because we've been pulling in audiences from a broad range of places." 

According to Sky News, "Cinema attendance peaked in the UK in the 1930s and 1940s, when people attended screenings to find out the news and weather as well as watch films. But it dropped with the advent of television, and cinemas became dilapidated from a lack of investment. It was only later, in the late 1980s and 1990s, that multiplex cinemas emerged and attendance began to pick up."