Premium large format cinema market accelerates in 2015

April 20, 2016  | Subscribers Only

Charlotte Jones Charlotte Jones Associate Director/Principal Analyst, Cinema, OMDIA
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The digital premium large format (PLF) cinema market reached a total of 2,097 screens worldwide at end 2015 according to data from IHS, an increase of 27.0% from 1,650 one year prior. As a result, PLF screens are now installed in 1.5% of the total digital screen base, a small proportion statistically albeit representing some of the most popular and highest grossing screens worldwide.


  • Total PLF screens exceeded 2,000 worldwide for the first time in 2015
  • Expansion of exhibitor PLF screens to five new territories in 2015
  • Global branded PLF accounted for the majority or 53.1% of the total market
  • Total PLF screens equate to 1.5% penetration of the digital screen base
  • RGB laser is an increasingly significant driver; 73% of total RGB laser installs were allocated to PLF in 2015

List of tables and charts:

  • Total PLF screens by global brand 2015
  • Exhibitor PLF screens split by world region (%) 2015
  • Growth of PLF screens in North America 2009 to 2015
  • PLF screens by type by region 2015
  • PLF screens with RGB laser installed 2014, 2015
  • PLF as a proportion of total screens by territory 2015 (%)
  • Exhibitor PLF screens by territory
  • Leading exhibition circuits for PLF screens
  • PLF Box office revenue of top ten films in opening weekend 2015
  • PLF per screen revenue analysis 2015

Number of pages:  17

Number of Tables and Charts: 10

Charlotte Jones

Associate Director/Principal Analyst, Cinema, OMDIA

Charlotte is an Associate Director at OMDIA, focusing on the global cinema business and an expert on digital and technology market trends.

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