Story: Theatres, cinemas and halls

Fall and rise of cinema-going

Fall and rise of cinema-going

The top graph shows the dramatic decline in the number of cinemas during the 1960s, which is when television watching  took off, encouraging people to stay at home. The bottom graph shows the revival of cinema-going from the 1990s. The increased number of screens reflected the rise of multiplex cinemas, which had a range of different-sized auditoriums within the one structure.

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Ben Schrader, 'Theatres, cinemas and halls - Town halls, old theatres and multiplexes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014