Aspects of the private-public experiences of cinema-going

Essay, 2003

7 Pages, Grade: C (2,0)




1. Introduction

2. Cinemas
2.1. The theatres
2.2. Top Movies

3. The Spectator’s experiences
3.1. The Italian way
3.2. The American way
3.3. Some other ways

4. Conclusion


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1. Introduction

As topic for this essay I did choose to write about the aspects of the experiences of cinema-goers. At first I will compare Australian and European Cinemas and afterwards I will point out two different points of views, one of an European spectator and on of an American one. At last I will mention some other personal experiences with the Cinema.

You will see that there is a concentration in the cinema marked and that the smaller cinemas disappear. A development more seen in Australia than e.g. in Germany. An other point will be the number of the movies produced in the own country.

2. Cinemas

I will base the European point of view on the movie theatres in Germany, using some German sources[1].

Because of the different sizes of the population it is important to find a common denominator. I did choose to use the cinemas for 1,000,000 inhabitants. Germany has an approximate population of 80 million while Australia only has about 19 million inhabitants (NSW: About 6 million). Times of comparison are the years 1998 to 2002.

1.1. The theatres

In 1998 Germany used to have 1,768 Cinemas with 4,435 screens and 803,000 seats owned by 1,189 companies.[2] In 2002 the number increased to 1,833 Cinemas with 4,825 screens and 883,000 seats owned by 1,194 companies. The actual (international) marked concentration takes also (or especially) place in the cinema industry. The rising numbers of mega theatres are surely a reason for this development, set in motion by the effects of the economy of scales.

In 1998 Australia used to have 567 movie theatres with 1,576 screens and NSW used to have 167 theatres with 451 screens.[3],[4] In 2002 the number of cinemas decreased to 547 (with an increasing number of screens to 1,872). A similar development exists in NSW. The number decreased to 165 (2002) cinemas with an increasing number of 574 screens.

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If you consider the different seize of population there is an average coverage of around 29.8 theatres on 1,000,000 inhabitants in Australia[5] in 1998. Since than (except a little peak in 1999 with 30.1 cinemas) the number of cinemas decreased until today to 28.8 cinemas a million persons, the number of seats grew[6]. In the same time in Germany the number of theatres increased from 22.1 in 1998 to 22.9 cinemas a million persons. But in Australia the ratio between cinemas and seats grow. Less companies[7] own bigger and more movie theatres. An explanation here for is already mentioned in the paragraphs above. The difference between Australia and Germany could be explained in the way the countries are settled. While Germany has many cities just next to each other with enough people for more cinemas, the Australians have a really spread out country. The cities lie in a huge distance to each other. Here more cinemas are needed to reach more spectators. As the big companies are only working at houses with a minimum turnover they don’t maintain small cinemas anymore. In Germany an increase of seats is enough to reach more persons.


[1] The first source is the “Media Perspektive” and is published by the first German government owned TV-Station ARD (available in paper form and online at It observes the European media mark-ed. The second source is the German newspaper “TAZ”.

[2] Cf. ff. Neckerman, G. (2002): Aussergewoehnliches Filmjahr bringt Rekordbesuche. Mediaperspektive, 13, p. 557 – p. 567.

[3] Cf. ff. source: MPDAA

[4] Includes drive-ins, as well as ‘non-commercial’ screens not generally open to the public, such as those at army, naval and air force bases, mining camps, film societies, colleges and universities.

[5] NSW: 27,8 (1998); 27,2 (2000); 27,5 (2002)

[6] See above for numbers.

[7] In Australia: Hoyts, Greater Union, Birch Carrol, Coyle, Reading, Village; In Germany: Cinemaxx, Kinopolis, UIF, Cineplex …

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Aspects of the private-public experiences of cinema-going
Macquarie University  (Media Department)
Introduction to the Cinema
C (2,0)
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How does a cinema goer behave? Comparison of real experiences and literature.
Aspects, Introduction, Cinema
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Sebastian Geipel (Author), 2003, Aspects of the private-public experiences of cinema-going, Munich, GRIN Verlag,


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