Film facts and more

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  • Tuesday, 03 Sep 2013

The cinema business is still growing in Malaysia, and most of the big operators are vying to capture the movie-going public by improving their services and opening new theatres around the country.

Here are a few ­interesting facts about the cinema ­business in Malaysia:

• Malaysia has about 42,000 people per cinema screen as compared to Singapore which has 29,000 and Hong Kong which has about 35,000.

• The average Malaysian goes to the cinemas about two times per year, as opposed to the cinemagoers in Singapore, Hong Kong or urbanised Thailand where the average is about 4.5 to five times a year.

• TGV Cinemas is the exclusive rights holder of IMAX in Malaysia and currently has two IMAX theatres — one in Sunway Pyramid and the other in 1Utama. IMAX theatres are expected to open soon in Penang, as well as Johor Baru with a total of 10 theatres planned over the next three years.

• Golden Screen Cinemas is the operator with the most number of screens in Malaysia, with a total of 238 screens spread over 28 outlets, of which 190 of those are currently digital.

• For a movie distributed on 35mm film, each print costs about US$1,000 to US$1,500 (about RM3,300 to RM4,950) and cannot be reused. On the other hand, the DCP used to store digital movies is like a hard drive can be wiped and used again.

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