Number of cinema screens in the U.S. from 2008 to 2019, by format

The number of movie screens in the United States grew from 39,233 in 2009 to 41,172 in 2019. During this decade, digital 3D and digital non-3D screens became more widespread than ever. These formats accounted for over 60 percent of all movie screens in the United States in 2018 and had almost entirely replaced analog screen types by the end of that year.

What is digital cinema?

Digital cinema describes the use of digital technology to produce and project movies onto a screen, as opposed to the traditional analog technique of using 35mm film. In the United States, the share of movies shot in digital format has increased consistently for several years, with digital non-3D movies making up the majority of productions.

Distribution of digital cinema screens worldwide

The worldwide number of digital cinema screens has been growing steadily since the early 2000s, amounting to over 182 thousand in 2018. Despite the distribution of 3D and non-3D movie screens, North America was the only region in the world to see a decline in 3D screen numbers that year. The Asia-Pacific region, on the other hand, registered a significant increase from the previous year: with over 60 thousand screens of this kind in 2018, it remained the region with the most 3D screens worldwide.

Number of movie screens in the United States from 2008 to 2019, by format

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

2008 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Values before 2019 come from previous reports. Figures for previous years are adjusted with each new report based on changes and recalculations made by the source.

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