Table And Figure Numbers Of Spectators

The figures presented here show that there has been a decline in spectator numbers since 1945. However, with the exception of the early 1950s, the decline in Paris has been slower and less dramatic than the decline over the whole of France. While Paris film theatres are sufficiently numerous and varied to continue attracting large numbers, elsewhere in France, particularly during the 1960s, spectators preferred to stay at home and watch television than go to their local cinema. The decline in the 1990s similarly reflects the advent of new cinema-oriented television channels such as Canal+ (in 1999, 1563 films were shown on French television, of which one nearly one-third (452) were on Canal+).

Spectators in 000s Spectators in 000s

France Paris France Paris

1945

357 897

95 425

1973

175 961

42158

1946

369 465

104 467

1974

179 437

43 814

1947

423 721

100 205

1975

181670

45 168

1948

402 030

88 632

1976

177 290

45 026

1949

387 766

78 473

1977

170 256

44 478

1950

370 728

76 535

1978

178 540

45129

1951

372 837

76 490

1979

178100

44 271

1952

359 621

74 471

1980

175 430

44 565

1953

370 634

75 144

1981

189 230

45 450

1954

382 821

76 889

1982

201930

45 150

1955

394 889

79 245

1983

198 870

43 010

1956

398 888

78 706

1984

190 870

41880

1957

411693

80 046

1985

175 080

38412

1958

371030

72102

1986

168130

34 953

1959

353 719

67 324

1987

136 940

30 890

1960

354 674

67 549

1988

124 750

29 200

1961

328360

61386

1989

120 910

28320

1962

311736

59 916

1990

121920

27 260

1963

292 074

56 283

1991

117 490

27310

1964

275 830

53 674

1992

116050

27 260

1965

259 425

51729

1993

132 720

28 080

1966

234 730

49 569

1994

124420

26010

1967

211450

45 508

1995

130 240

24 730

1968

203 242

43 817

1996

136 740

26 260

1969

183880

41638

1997

149 410

26520

1970

184 420

42 686

1998

170100

27 130

1971

176 980

41440

1999

155 630

26920

1972

184 400

43 472

Figure 1 Numbers of spectators 1945-1999
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