1 Installed Base of Cinemas in the European Union
The purpose of this chapter is to provide vital statistics on the installed base in order to provide:  
In order to understand the results better, we felt it was necessary to add to the statistical picture a dynamic analysis of long-term trends towards the restructuring of the installed base as well as of the most recent changes. The impact of cinema building and refurbishment in the UK and Ireland, for example, should be viewed against the background of the fall in capacity which occurred in those countries during the 1970s and 1980s; this trend is not found to the same degree in the other EU countries.
Five simple indicators were chosen to describe the installed base in this introductory chapter: