Cinema: Bigger & Better

In Washington the Department of Commerce released the latest astronomical measurements of the cinema industry:

Weekly attendance: 220,000,000 (world); 80,000,000 (U. S.).

Capital: $2,650,000,000 (world); $2,000,000,000 (U. S.).

Theatres: one for every 20.716 persons (world); one for every 6.724 (U. S.).

In the U. S., production costs $125,000,000 a year, of which 64% is for salaries. Producers have $100,000,000 invested in studios and equipment, employ 28,000. Theatre investment is $1,800,000,000. Exhibitors pay $255,000,000 a year in rentals, employ 236,500. Yearly gross for 15,378 theatres in the U. S. is $750,000,000. The industry pays...

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