Report finds Oz plexes up

Screens up 44%, but seats per theater down

SYDNEY — The Oz cinema industry’s multiplexing trend has been confirmed by figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Covering up to June 2000, the triennial report shows that the number of cinema sites, 326, has changed little from 1996-97’s 325 and 1993-94’s 329.

However, screen numbers are up 44% — 1,513 from 1,050 — as multiplexes established a firm foothold.

Auditoriums, however, are shrinking: The average number of seats per cinema was pegged at 247, down from 308 three years earlier and 301 in 1993-94.

The data, obtained by a survey of industry businesses, revealed drive-in theaters are on the decline, with only 17 remaining from 41 in ’93-94.

Industry employment was at 9,282, up from 7,739 in 1996-97 and 5,792 three years earlier.

Industry operating profit was A$113.3 million ($60 million), down 5.5% from the previous report’s $63 million.

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