UK cinemas are looking forward to an incredible ending to what has already been a very strong year for the sector.

At a time of continuing and massive investment in the cinema experience – and with a new and exciting industry sponsor in – 2015 has seen millions of people return again and again to enjoy films on the big screen.

While many entered the year with high expectations, even the industry has perhaps been surprised by the huge vote of confidence given to UK cinema by the British public.

Memories of a range of strong Summer titles, including family films such as Inside Out and Minions as well as blockbusters such as Jurassic World, have been almost eclipsed, first by the performance of SPECTRE and now the incredible box office feats of Star Wars: the Force Awakens.

An exceptionally busy November, where admissions were over 20 per cent up on the same month in 2014, is now likely to be followed by an even more significant uplift, pushing the year even further ahead than the 9 per cent lead on overall admissions for 2014 currently seen.

With the season of BAFTA-nominated films just starting, the mood around the industry – and amongst audiences – is one of unprecedented excitement.