Admissions for June showed a seven year high for that month as the first big Summer movies drove audiences back to UK cinemas.

Latest figures show that there were 12,681,567 admissions to UK cinemas in June, the highest number since 2004 and a total which puts the industry almost 3 per cent ahead of this point last year.

The key movies playing during the month – including Kung Fu Panda 2; Hangover 2;X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids and Transformers: Dark of the Moon – gave audiences just a foretaste of the varied and high quality slate coming to UK theatres over the next few months.

Commenting on these latest figures, CEA Chief Executive Phil Clapp said;

“After a relatively flat couple of months, it’s great to see the Summer start with such a bang.

Even so, we’ve yet to see the full impact of some of the movies released towards the end of June and on top of that we have some great films – Cars 2; Captain America – the First Avenger; Horrible Bosses and of course Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which opens today – hitting the big screen.

There’s a huge amount of excitement amongst the industry – and I sense amongst cinema-goers – about the coming weeks and months.”