German admissions rising

B.O. climbs 8% in first half

LONDON — Admissions at the German B.O. climbed 8% in the first half, but tickets sold for local pics dropped by 2%, according to figures released Thursday by national film org the Film Foerderungs Anstalt.

Some 80.3 million tickets were sold in the first half, compared with 74.3 million last year, representing sales of DM868.2 million ($406 million) — up 9.6%.

Teutonic films generated 13% of admissions compared with 15.3% in the first half of 2000; five local moves have crossed the 1 million admissions mark.

For the first time in six years, the number of cinema screens has declined. By June 30, there were 4,738 screens in operation, 45 less than last year. Only five new multiplexes opened compared with 13 in the first half of last year, bringing the number of plexes in Germany to 132.

Representing a 25% share of all German cinemas, multiplexes accounted for 46% of all revenues in the first half.

Meanwhile, DVD sales and rentals were up a staggering 176% on last year and video biz increased by 31.6%.

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