The first six months of 2009 saw cinema admissions reach just under 83.5 million, the most successful start to a year since 2002.

Over 12.5 million cinemagoers enjoyed a trip to the cinema in June –  an increase of 5.6 per cent on June 2008 – representing another strong month for UK cinemas. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Terminator Salvation proved the top draws for audiences.

As a result, total admissions for January-June stood at 83,459,465.

Commenting on the latest admissions figures, CEA Executive James Bird said:

“The public’s enthusiasm for cinema shows no signs of abating. With Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs currently packing out theatres and a diverse slate of upcoming films such as the Twilight sequel New Moon and the major 3D releases Up! and Avatar cinemas in 2009 hope to continue to draw audiences wanting to experience films as they are meant to be shown – on the big screen.“