Cinemas in Britain are attracting more film fans than at any time in the last 30 years, quashing fears people are shunning movie theatres.

A string of blockbusters last year (02) - including Lord Of The Rings: THE TWO TOWERS and HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS - secured 2002 as the most successful 12 months since 1972, with UK cinemas taking a massive $281.4 million (GBP179.9 million) in ticket sales.

Figures from Britain's NATIONAL STATISTICS also show film-goers aged 15 to 24 are the fastest growing audience, with half the UK's population paying the cinema a monthly visit.

Critics cite the rise in entertainment TV shows and DVDs for encouraging the younger generation into theatres.

31/10/2003 02:29