Yesterday was the last “Orange Wednesday” when UK cinemas offered 2 for 1 deals.
It promises to have another package to offer soon, but there was speculation that the company couldn’t reach a commercial deal with a cinema chain.
In a statement issued in December, EE said: “Orange Wednesday launched over a decade ago and at its peak was a massive success and an iconic promotion.”
“After 10 great years our brand has changed and our customers’ viewing habits have also evolved so it’s time to move on.”
2013’s box office attendance was the lowest in 20 years, according to Rentrak.
Cinemas in the UK and Ireland saw box office takings drop 2.9%, or around £34 million, from 2013 – the most significant change since 1991.
Blame, in part, was being directed at a lack of Hollywood blockbusters on screens that year, but it was also put down to the increasing cost of a ticket and people downloading films and box sets at home on a tablet, TV or phone.
But Stephen Fry says it’s not as simple as people being turned off film and brands the decline as “sad”.
“I don’t know whether one can factor in the figures for those who wait in order to watch Netflix, iTunes and other such downloads. Because I think that’s really on the up enormously and the passion for cinema and for movies is the greatest I think that it’s ever been.”
“So the fact that it’s not reflected in box office returns is sad, because I think filmmakers and everyone like to see their movies watched in proper, big, big cinemas. “
“Indeed Imax and funnily enough, you get things like Game of Thrones being shown in Imax cinemas. It’s disappointing but actually that’s bound to happen but over a longer period I think. I think you’ll find that cinema attendance is still pretty good.”
And he’s not wrong. 2014 did mark the fifth consecutive year that the film industry exceeded the £1.1 billion mark.