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10.1 UK cinema sites Figure 10.1 shows the number of cinema sites in the UK from 2002 to 2013. The total number of sites has fluctuated over the period with a low of 644 in 2004 and a high of 769 in 2012. There were 756 cinemas in the UK in 2013. The number of purpose-built multiplex sites, however, has steadily risen from 229 in 2002 to 295 in 2013. Multiplexes made up 39% of all cinema sites in 2013. Figure 10.1 UK cinema sites by type of site, 2002-2013 Number of sites 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Multiplex 229 234 238 242 249 258 269 275 278 285 288 295 Traditional and 439 444 406 417 448 469 457 448 438 460 481 461 mixed use Total sites 668 678 644 659 697 727 726 723 716 745 769 756 % multiplex sites 34 35 37 37 36 35 37 38 39 38 37 39 Source: Dodona Research, BFI RSU analysis Notes: Data on cinema sites before 2002 are not available. Multiplexes are defined as purpose-built cinema complexes with five or more screens while excluding those that were converted from traditional cinema sites. 10.2 UK screens As Figure 10.2 shows, the total number of cinema screens in the UK (excluding those operated in venues such as schools and private screening rooms) has increased every year since 1999. In 2013 the total number of screens stood at 3,867, an increase of 50 compared with 2012. The UK has gained 1,273 multiplex screens (see definition in the note to Figure 10.1) since 1999 and lost 182 traditional or mixed use screens (mixed use screens are used for film screenings only part of the time). The percentage of multiplex screens increased from 59% in 1999 to 75% in 2009, and this proportion has been maintained since then. Chapter 10: Exhibition – 105 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Image: A Separation courtesy of Artificial Eye. Photographer: Habib Madjidi


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