Cinema screen numbers in Australia 2019

Australian cinema screens were mostly independently owned in 2019; a total of 726 screens nationwide were independents. This was more than the two largest cinema chains, Event Cinemas and Hoyts, who owned 560 screens and 369 screens respectively.
Attendance and ticket prices
These independently owned screens will have partly helped to maintain steady attendance, which has historically remained around 70 percent per year. Attendance reached this figure again in 2018, following a peak of 72 percent in the previous year. Since 2013, attendance has only dropped below 70 percent twice, in 2014 and 2015. In recent years there have only been small fluctuations in both average and maximum cinema ticket prices. The average cinema ticket price in 2019 was 14.50 Australian dollars; an increase of around 60 cents from 2018. Average prices have increased by less than four dollars overall since 2007. The maximum ticket price in 2013 and 2014, as well as 2017 and 2018, was 27 Australian dollars. In other years, prices settled between 23 and 25 dollars, despite a peak in 2011 of 28.50 Australian dollars.
Box office revenue
The recent increase in popularity of the prolific Marvel films, as well as other blockbuster releases, has been a huge driver in attendance over the last few years. Consistent attendance will have kept ticket prices stable, and vice versa, which is integral to the maintenance and growth of independent cinemas. Two of the most successful 2019 films at the box office were Marvel productions; Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel, taking total box office revenue of 51.87 and 28.41 million U.S. dollars respectively.

Number of cinema screens in Australia in 2019, by exhibitor

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Release date

March 2020



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*includes screens that aren't generally open to the public, for example colleges and universities, film societies, mining camps, army, navy and air force bases.

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