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Stats offer 7 reasons to be optimistic about Hollywood in 2020

We’ve all seen them. The articles proclaiming that cinema is dying. No one is going to the movies anymore, everyone is staying home and binge watching Disney+, Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, Peacock, and the other 641 streaming channels. But is cinema really dying? Really? Granted, 2019 was not a banner year for North American movie-going, very few dispute that fact. Attendance fell 8%, continuing a decade-long trend. Stock prices for the three major North American circuits also fell. Now most in the industry are looking at another possible down year…

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AMC top exhibitor, after a year of ‘fevered M&A activity’

Box Office Pro releases annual survey of the top 50 exhibitors in the domestic market. It might not have been a record year, but few will complain that 2019 finished as the second-highest-grossing year on record at the domestic box office. The North American market—constituting all screens in the United States, Canada, and associated territories—brought in $11.4 billion in a dramatic year marked by M&A across the distribution and exhibition landscapes. Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox was completed in the year’s first quarter, helping catapult the studio to a historic $4.3…

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UK cinema conference pulls focus to growth, and reaching new audiences

The UK Cinema Association has announced plans for its 2020 annual conference, ‘Audiences – growing the big screen experience‘, to be held on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March at Picturehouse Central, Piccadilly, London. The event will explore different facets of audience development, including specific audience subsections, such a young people, people with disabilities and people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. ”While the UK cinema sector continues to thrive, there is always more that can be done to reach out to new audiences, and to encourage current cinema-goers to see…

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