I’m not alone in wanting a licence.
According to the Australian Film Commission (AFC), the vast majority of Australians do not want to go on holiday without a licence, and the number of licensed cinemas has decreased significantly since 2011.
The AFC estimates that there are now just over 12,000 licensed cinemASTS in Australia.
That number is down from more than 14,000 at the start of the century, but the number is still higher than at any time since the ABC began tracking the sector in 1991.
And that’s not including theatres that have been closed down.
“It’s a real shame that the number hasn’t changed in 20 years,” says Peter Smith, CEO of the Australian Theatre Industry Association.
“We’ve had some really big changes over the last 10 years in terms of theatres being closed down and moving to smaller and more remote areas, which we’ve done because of climate change and air pollution and we’ve had other things as well.”
One reason for the drop in the number licensed cinemAs is the fact that the industry is becoming less expensive to run.
“The industry has gone from being a $30-million-a-year business to a $5-million-$10-million business,” Smith says.
“So it’s a business that’s very expensive to operate.”
This makes it a less attractive business to be in.
“There’s a lot of people who just don’t want to work,” he says.
In the past, the industry had to rely on donations from people who wanted to see their favourite movies at a low cost.
But now, the number that want to see the film on a low budget has dwindled to just over a third of all the cinemagoers, according to a survey commissioned by the AFI.
This is also the reason why the industry hasn’t seen any new theatres open.
“I think it’s fair to say that there’s been a real drop in demand,” Smith said.
“People are looking for a more affordable option, and we are seeing a very strong number of people come to see a movie in a small venue, which is why we’ve seen the number going down.”
The Australian Cinemas Association estimates that in the last three years, the annual increase in cinema attendance has decreased by more than 10 per cent, from 5,000 in 2014 to 2,000 today.
The biggest problem with the industry has been the decline in demand.
According the AFC, attendance at Australian cinemas fell by 15 per cent in the same time period, and in many cases by more.
The association is calling for an end to the current tax concessions offered to large and small operators, and for a reduction in ticket prices to help offset the decrease in demand, as well as an end of the state-based licensing model, which has meant a significant increase in costs.
“Our view is that we are not providing a service to Australians, we are just providing a revenue stream to our owners,” Smith told the ABC.
There are a lot more opportunities out there and we’re going to take them if we have to.” “
That’s why it’s so important that the community comes together and says enough is enough.
There are a lot more opportunities out there and we’re going to take them if we have to.”
While there are fewer licensed cinemAt the moment, there are about 2,300 cinemas in Australia, with more than 40 per cent of the nation’s cinemagoers either attending at home or attending on their mobile devices.
But the industry needs more support.
“In Australia, the biggest issue is the lack of funding for small theatres,” Smith adds.
“One of the main reasons why we have been unable to open new theatRES is that there is no money available to us.
For many Australians, going to the movies is an annual rite of passage, and with the advent of Netflix and the availability of premium streaming services like Netflix Go and HBO Go, there’s no reason why they can’t do the same. “
And we are doing that by offering our members an annual contribution of about $400.”
For many Australians, going to the movies is an annual rite of passage, and with the advent of Netflix and the availability of premium streaming services like Netflix Go and HBO Go, there’s no reason why they can’t do the same.
And there’s money to be made by offering a good experience.
According, according, to the AAC, the average moviegoer in Australia makes $300 a week, with some making as much as $1,000 a week.
While some theatres have been successful in attracting younger audiences, there is also evidence to suggest that older people may not enjoy watching movies on a daily basis.
In 2015, a report commissioned by a number of Australian universities found that the majority of people over 60 viewed the moviegoing experience as “unfun”, and “not particularly educational”.
But it’s not just about the age factor.
“Many people are very disappointed to see movies that they have to do all day,