Leading cinema chains in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018, by market share

Here we see information on the leading movie theater chains in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, ranked by market share based on revenue. Cineworld, Odeon and Vue, the leading three chains, accounted for almost 70 percent of the exhibitor market combined. Cineworld had the largest market share at 24 percent.

A world of cinema in the UK

Cineworld operations include 221 cinema sites across nine European markets. In the UK, the cinema company also runs an arthouse cinema chain under the name Picturehouse Cinemas as well as Cineworld Cinemas, a chain of multiplex venues. Cineworld competitor Odeon took a close second place with a market share of 22.5 percent. The Odeon cinema company, originally founded by Oscar Deutsch in 1930, is a subsidiary of the Odeon Cinema Group together with cinema chain UCI Cinemas. The cinema brand currently operates 122 cinema sites across the UK as well as an additional 11 in Ireland.

The cost of cinema

In 2018, cinema ticket prices in the UK decreased for the first time since 2001, meaning a ticket cost cinemagoers 7.22 British pounds on average. And average annual cinema-going spending per head in the UK was 19.35 British pounds in 2018.

Leading cinema exhibitor chains in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, ranked by market share based on revenue

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September 2019


United Kingdom

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