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U.S. Movie Theater Revenue, By Sources

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Compiled by Douglas Galbi,http:purplemotes.net

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Verify and validate these data as appropriate for your particular use. Please notify me of any errors.

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For discussion of these data, see

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http://purplemotes.net/2009/03/22/revenue-diversification-the-example-of-movie-theaters/

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For details for individual years, see "business census details" tab.

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Movie Theaters, excluding drive-ins

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yearestablishmentstotal revenue (millions)non-admission revenue share

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193512,0245082%

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193915,1156732%

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194817,6891,5677%

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195413,7601,19712%

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195811,27195714%

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19638,66581712%

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19728,3281,41912%

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19777,8142,15816%

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19827,2153,22419%

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19876,7773,86125%

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19926,3585,72428%

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19975,9987,48730%

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20024,97910,73031%

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200711,34134%

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200811,45333%

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Data notes: The figures are typically for establishments with payroll. In 1982, movie theaters without payroll had revenue totaling 2.2% of revenue of movie theaters with payroll. Revenue figures for 1997 and 2002 explicitly exclude admissions taxes, while for earlier years admissions taxes were included. Admissions taxes in 1954, 1958, and 1963 consisted of 88%, 66%, and 74% federal taxes. Federal taxes no longer apply to movie admissions. Some states and localities, however, currently have movie theater admissions taxes. Based on a google search for "admissions tax," these appear to be about 5% to 10% of admissions fees in the localities in which they have been enacted.