The UK Cinema Association has today published its 2015 Annual Report, looking back on a record-breaking year.

In a year which saw box office break through the £1.2 billion barrier for the first time, UK cinema operators benefited from an exceptionally strong film slate, rounded off by Star Wars: the Force Awakens which went on to become the most successful film ever at the UK box office.

But as Association Chief Executive Phil Clapp commented, there were other less obvious reasons for this success:

“I know that Association members would join me in acknowledging the contribution that colleagues in film distribution made to our collective success in 2015, providing a regular supply of diverse and high quality films in each of the 12 months of the year.

But what we are also now seeing are the fruits of the massive investment made by UK cinema operators not just in new digital projection technology, but in new sound technologies as well as in the general cinema environment. While last year was a great success, we are in no way complacent and look to 2016 and beyond to build on that strong foundation.”

The UK Cinema Association Annual Report can be found here. Further hard copies are available on request from the Association office.