Chapter 10 Exhibition The overall number of screens in the UK continues to rise, although the number of screens per person and admissions per person vary considerably across the country. Augmenting commercial cinema is a thriving voluntary sector in film exhibition; film society admissions are highest in areas less well served by commercial cinemas. FACTS IN FOCUS: At the end of 2013, the UK had 3,867 screens, 50 more than 2012, in 756 cinemas. There were six screens for every 100,000 people, the same as in 2012, but lower than countries such as the USA (12.4), France (9.1), Australia (8.6), Spain (7.8) and Italy (6.5). Only 7% of screens showed mainly ‘specialised’ (ie non-mainstream) programming, with 0.1% dedicated to South Asian films. Over 98% of all screens in the UK were equipped for digital projection. Three quarters of societies responding to the British Federation of Film Societies annual survey reported that membership had stayed at the same level or increased compared with the previous year. The average ticket price at commercial cinemas was £6.54.
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