The UK Cinema Association has welcomed the publication of final admissions figures for 2015 which show an increase of over 9 per cent on those for the previous year.

The 2015 admissions, which reached 171,930,400, are mirrored by a record year at the box office, itself an increase of over 17 per cent on 2014.

Welcoming the figures, Association Chief Executive Phil Clapp said:

‘These latest figures are a confirmation that 2015 was a very strong year for UK cinema.

In terms of the film slate, it would be understandable if commentators did not see past Star Wars: the Force Awakens  – now the biggest film ever at the UK box office – and SPECTRE – which currently ranks at No.4 in that list. But there was much more to this and those two films. The year saw the regular release of a broad range of films of different genres appealing to different audiences. And recent and massive investment by the sector across a range of aspects of the cinema experience continued through the year.

We are already looking forward to 2016 building on the strong foundations of the year just gone and the continuation of the love that UK audiences have for the big screen experience.’