If you think you know what is the number 1 country on this list you might be wrong. Even if you can guess the top spot, finding out what all of the top 10 are will surprise almost everyone…
The Top 10 Countries With the Most Cinemas
10 – Mexico (Total Number of Cinemas: 2,172)
Wiki Info: A movie theater or movie theatre (also called a cinema) is a building that contains an auditorium for viewing films (also called movies or cinemas), for entertainment. Most, but not all, theaters are commercial operations catering to the general public, who attend by purchasing a ticket. Some movie theaters, however, are operated by non-profit organizations or societies which charge members a membership fee to view films.
9 – Czech Republic (Total Number of Cinemas: 3,006)
Wiki Info: The film is projected with a movie projector onto a large projection screen at the front of the auditorium while the dialogue, sounds and music are played through a number of wall-mounted speakers. Since the 1970s, subwoofers have been used for low-pitched sounds. In the 2010s, most movie theaters are equipped for digital cinema projection, removing the need to create and transport a physical film print on a heavy reel.
8 – Bulgaria (Total Number of Cinemas: 3,052)
Wiki Info: A great variety of films are shown at cinemas, ranging from animated films for children, blockbusters for general audiences and documentaries for patrons who are interested in non-fiction topics. The smallest movie theaters have a single viewing room with a single screen.
7 – Spain (Total Number of Cinemas: 3,109)
Wiki Info: The largest theater complexes, which are called multiplexes—a design developed in the U.S. in the 1960s—have up to 25 screens. The audience members typically sit on padded seats which in most theaters are set up on a sloped floor, with the highest part at the rear of the theater. Movie theaters typically sell soft drinks, popcorn and candy and some theaters also sell hot fast food. In some jurisdictions, movie theaters are licensed to sell alcoholic drinks.
6 – Germany (Total Number of Cinemas: 3,418)
Wiki Info: A movie theater may also be referred to as a movie theatre, movie house, film house, film theater or picture house. In the US, theater has long been the preferred spelling, while in the UK, Canada and elsewhere it is theatre.
5 – Italy (Total Number of Cinemas: 4,885)
Wiki Info: The earliest precursors to movies were magic lantern shows. Magic lanterns used a glass lens, a shutter and a powerful lamp to project images from glass slides onto a white wall or screen. These slides were originally hand-painted.
4 – France (Total Number of Cinemas: 5,190)
Wiki Info: A drive-in movie theater is an outdoor parking area with a screen—sometimes an inflatable screen—at one end and a projection booth at the other. Moviegoers drive into the parking spaces which are sometimes sloped upwards at the front to give a more direct view of the movie screen. Movies are usually viewed through the car windscreen (windshield) although some people prefer to sit on the hood of the car.
3 – India (Total Number of Cinemas: 8,070)
Wiki Info: Canada was the first country in the world to have a two-screen theater. The Elgin Theatre in Ottawa became the first venue to offer two film programs on different screens in 1957 when Canadian theater-owner Nat Taylor converted the dual screen theater into one capable of showing two different movies simultaneously.
2 – USA (Total Number of Cinemas: 16,032)
Wiki Info: Since the 1960s, multiple-screen theaters have become the norm, and many existing venues have been retrofitted so that they have multiple auditoriums. A single foyer area is shared among them. In the 1970s many large 1920s movie palaces were converted into multiple screen venues by dividing their large auditoriums, and sometimes even the stage space, into smaller theaters.
1 – Russia (Total Number of Cinemas: 176,991)
Wiki Info: The term “theater” comes from the Old French word “theatre”, from the 12th century and “…directly from Latin theatrum ‘play-house, theater; stage; spectators in a theater'”, which in turn came from the Greek word “theatron”, which meant “theater; the people in the theater; a show, a spectacle,” literally “place for viewing.” The use of the word “theatre” to mean a “building where plays are shown” dates from the 1570s in the English language.