UK cinema admissions fell to a record low in the first three months of 2020, according to BFI official statistics published today, as cinemas closed nationwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Audiences had already begun to stay away from cinemas in the week leading up to March 20, when all venues were ordered to close their doors as the country went into lockdown.

But with all major exhibitors having already shuttered their businesses in the days prior, a total of 4.81 million cinema admissions were recorded in March – down 58% on the 11.43 million admissions in March 2019.

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