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Movie popularity up in Oz

Pic attendance increased 14% since 1995

SYDNEY — Cinema has increased its lead over the last five years as Australians’ cultural venue of choice, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics report, which reveals 10 million people — or 67% of the population over the age of 14 — went to the movies at least once in the year to April 1999.

That’s a rise of 14% since the last survey in 1995, contrasting with a 24% slump in museum attendances.

In total, almost 85% of over-14s attended at least one of those venues surveyed, including libraries (38% of the population), art galleries (21%), museums (20%) and opera and musicals (16%).

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