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Cinemas in the UK: Market Research Report

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Cinemas Market Research Report | SIC J59.140 | Feb 2017

Slowed motion: Constrained disposable incomes likely to affect current-year attendance numbers

IBISWorld’s Cinemas market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Cineworld Group plc Cineworld Group plc market share
Natl. Amusements (UK) Limited Natl. Amusements (UK) Limited market share
ODEON & UCI Cinemas Group ODEON & UCI Cinemas Group market share
Vue Entertainment Group Vue Entertainment Group market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Cinema attendance numbers are expected to be affected by constrained disposable incomes
  • The rise of 3-D and IMAX have led to higher average ticket prices, boosting industry profit margins
  • Operators will need focus on value for money and product expansion in order to compete
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Cinemas industry includes all operators that show films in designated film-projection facilities, which are mostly indoors but some are open-air. The bulk of industry revenue comes from box office sales, the majority of which are generated by blockbuster films. UK cinemas also generate revenue from screen advertising and selling drinks and snacks. The industry has grown moderately over the five years through 2016-17, as the average spend per visit has increased. This is due to the average ticket price rising, along with industry operators having expanded their retail offerings over the period. Overall, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 3.3% over the five years through 2016-17. In the current year, revenue is expected to fall by 0.2% to £1.6 billion... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Box office

Box office sales are the main source of revenue for cinemas. The amount of revenue generated from box office sales each year depends on the total number of cinema admissions and the average price of tickets purchased. The film release schedule determines both the number of admissions, because the spread of big film releases over the year influences attendance, and the average price, in that 3-D film releases command higher ticket prices. Overall, IBISWorld estimates that box office sales will account for 77.6% of industry revenue in 2016-17.

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Additional Insights for the Cinemas Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Cinemas Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Ability to raise revenue from additional sources
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Cinema admissions and Demand from television programming and broadcasting in the Cinemas industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Cinemas Industry?

    Cinemas show films in designated film-projection facilities, which are usually indoors but can also include open-air venues.

    Industry Products
    Box office - top 20 filmsBox office - all other filmsFood, beverages and merchandise
    Industry Activities
    Projecting filmsOperating open-air film projectorsRetailing drinks and snacks

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Cinema admissions
  • Demand from television programming and broadcasting
  • Demand from advertising agencies
  • Real household disposable income
  • Current Performance
  • The industry awakens
  • Another dimension
  • Profitability and employment
  • Tackling piracy
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Consolidation and improvement
  • Embracing alternatives
  • Access to funding
  • Table: Cinemas Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Cinemas Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Juice, Mineral Water & Soft Drink Wholesaling
  • Office & Shop Furniture Manufacturing
  • Optical & Photographic Equipment Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Box office - top 20 films
  • Box office - all other films
  • Food, beverages and merchandise
  • Other
  • Chart: Cinemas Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 15 and 24 years
  • People aged between 25 and 34 years
  • People aged between 35 and 44 years
  • People aged between 7 and 14 years
  • People aged 55 years and over
  • People aged between 45 and 54 years
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cinemas Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Film hire and rental costs
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Cinemas
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Cinemas Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Cineworld Group plc
    ODEON & UCI Cinemas Group Ltd
    Vue Entertainment Ltd
    Natl Amusements (UK) Limited
  • Table: Cineworld Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: ODEON & UCI Cinemas Group Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Vue Entertainment Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Natl Amusements (UK) Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Cinemas Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Cinemas Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Box Office Revenue
  • The value of cinema tickets sold to audiences.
  • Imax
  • A screening technique that produces an image approximately 10 times larger than that from standard 35 millimetre film
  • Multiplex Cinemas
  • Cinema sites that have five or more screens.
  • Slate
  • The list of films scheduled to be released over a certain period.

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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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