Movie Theaters Report Summary

SIC Codes: 7832 7833
NAICS Codes: 512131 512132

Chapters Include

  • Industry Overview
  • Quarterly Industry Update
  • Business Challenges
  • Trends and Opportunities
  • Call Preparation Questions
  • Financial Information
  • Industry Forecast
  • Website and Media Links
  • Glossary of Acronyms

Movie Theaters Industry Overview

Excerpt from Movie Theaters Report

Companies in this industry exhibit motion pictures at indoor movie theaters, film festivals, and drive-in theaters. Major US companies include AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, and Regal Entertainment; leading companies based outside the US include Cineplex (Canada), Cineworld (UK), Odeon & UCI (UK), and Wanda Cinema (China).

Competitive Landscape

Personal income and leisure time drive demand. The profitability of individual companies depends on securing access to popular movies and sales of high-margin food and beverages. Large companies have advantages of scale in negotiating with movie distributors, marketing, and purchasing. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing in movie type or audience, or by providing better service and amenities. The US industry is highly concentrated: the top 50 companies account for more than 80% of revenue.

Products, Operations & Technology

Ticket sales account for two-thirds of US industry revenue; food and beverage sales for about 30%. Other sources of revenue include on-screen advertisements, facility and concession rental during nonpeak hours, and amusement machine use.

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