Facts and figures

UK cinema admissions and box office

Annual admissions 2017-01-24T13:50:47+00:00

Annual admissions – 1935 onwards

The table below shows trends in UK cinema admissions (millions) since 1935.

From an historic high immediately post-war of 1.64 billion in 1946, UK cinema admissions gradually declined to an all-time low of just 54 million in 1984.

Since that time, the advent of the multiplex, and record levels of investment in improving the theatrical experience (still ongoing), have seen admissions recover such that since 2000, they have remained (sometimes significantly so) above 150 million.

Annual admissions - 1935 onwards (stacked)

Year Admissions (m) Year Admissions (m) Year Admissions (m) Year Admissions (m) Year Admissions (m)
1935 912.30 1952 1,312.10 1969 214.90 1986 75.50 2003 167.20
1936 917.00 1953 1,284.50 1970 193.00 1987 78.50 2004 171.20
1937 946.00 1954 1,275.80 1971 176.00 1988 84.00 2005 164.60
1938 987.00 1955 1,181.80 1972 156.60 1989 94.50 2006 156.60
1939 990.00 1956 1,100.80 1973 134.20 1990 97.37 2007 162.50
1940 1,027.00 1957 915.20 1974 138.50 1991 100.29 2008 164.20
1941 1,309.00 1958 754.70 1975 116.30 1992 103.64 2009 173.50
1942 1,494.00 1959 581.00 1976 103.90 1993 114.36 2010 169.20
1943 1,541.00 1960 500.80 1977 103.50 1994 123.53 2011 171.60
1944 1,575.00 1961 449.10 1978 126.10 1995 114.56 2012 172.50
1945 1,585.00 1962 395.00 1979 111.90 1996 123.80 2013 165.50
1946 1,635.00 1963 357.20 1980 101.00 1997 139.30 2014 157.50
1947 1,462.00 1964 342.80 1981 86.00 1998 135.50 2015 171.50
1948 1,514.00 1965 326.80 1982 64.00 1999 139.75 2016 168.30
1949 1,430.00 1966 288.80 1983 65.70 2000 142.50
1950 1,395.80 1967 264.80 1984 54.00 2001 155.90
1951 1,365.00 1968 237.30 1985 72.00 2002 175.90

Annual admissions - 1935 onwards

Year Admissions (m)
1935 912.30
1936 917.00
1937 946.00
1938 987.00
1939 990.00
1940 1,027.00
1941 1,309.00
1942 1,494.00
1943 1,541.00
1944 1,575.00
1945 1,585.00
1946 1,635.00
1947 1,462.00
1948 1,514.00
1949 1,430.00
1950 1,395.80
1951 1,365.00
1952 1,312.10
1953 1,284.50
1954 1,275.80
1955 1,181.80
1956 1,100.80
1957 915.20
1958 754.70
1959 581.00
1960 500.80
1961 449.10
1962 395.00
1963 357.20
1964 342.80
1965 326.80
1966 288.80
1967 264.80
1968 237.30
1969 214.90
1970 193.00
1971 176.00
1972 156.60
1973 134.20
1974 138.50
1975 116.30
1976 103.90
1977 103.50
1978 126.10
1979 111.90
1980 101.00
1981 86.00
1982 64.00
1983 65.70
1984 54.00
1985 72.00
1986 75.50
1987 78.50
1988 84.00
1989 94.50
1990 97.37
1991 100.29
1992 103.64
1993 114.36
1994 123.53
1995 114.56
1996 123.80
1997 139.30
1998 135.50
1999 139.75
2000 142.50
2001 155.90
2002 175.90
2003 167.20
2004 171.20
2005 164.60
2006 156.60
2007 162.50
2008 164.20
2009 173.50
2010 169.20
2011 171.60
2012 172.50
2013 165.50
2014 157.50
2015 171.50
2016 168.30