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Cinema attendance fell by 72% y.o.y. in 2020

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In 2020, the coronavirus epidemic put Hungarian cinemas in a difficult situation, as attendance fell by 72% year-on-year, according to a study by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

Total attendance stood at 4.3 million in 2020, while the number of showings fell to 257,000, nearly 50% fewer than in 2019. Ticket sales fell to HUF 6.4 billion, representing a 71% decrease year-on-year.

Last year, nearly 40% of cinemas (a total of 157 screens) were located in Budapest, followed by Győr-Moson-Sopron county, which offered 22 screens. At the other end of the spectrum, Tolna county offered only two screens.

The pandemic also had a marked effect on domestic filmmakers. Compared to 2019, 16 fewer feature-length films were shot. In terms of audience share, the dominance of U.S. films remained unquestionable: in 2020, they had a 68% market share, followed by U.K. productions (9.2%). The market share of Hungarian films (excluding co-productions) was 7.5% (319,400 admissions). 

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