WELCOME TO THE CINEMA CITIES INDEX

Ranking the world's top cities for film lovers


Using a global dataset of information about cinema venues and showtimes (see The Kinomatics Project) we have ranked the cities of the world for their "cinemability", their ability to support cinemagoing. We have collected data for 311 cities from 48 countries (spanning mainly Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Australasia) around the world. The ten variables used in the index include the variety of films shown, the number of screenings, ticket prices, film festivals, and the presence of multiplex cinemas. City agglomerations defined by the United Nations with a population of over 1 million were used in the analysis and we hope to extend this to smaller cities and incorporate more variables in the near future. For a full explanation of the index see our Index Description.

We are also interested in what you think.
What factors do you think matter the most for calculating "cinemability"? Create your own cinema city ranking by reordering the sliders to reflect your priorities (0 for not important to 10 for very important). The different weightings you assign to each variable will be collected and used to inform us of what the public think are the most important aspects related to cinemagoing.

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Top 10 Cinema Cities (2013)
Rank City
1 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
2 Paris
3 New York
4 Chicago
5 London
6 Vancouver
7 Brussels
8 Washington, D.C.
9 Berlin
10 San Francisco - Oakland


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How important are the following factors?


Film Diversity

Total number of distinct film titles screened in the city

Film Diversity – taking into account the population of cities

Number of distinct film titles screened in the city (per capita)

Screenings

Total Number of film screenings

Screenings - taking into account the population of cities

Number of film screenings (per capita)

Number of Screens – taking into account the population of cities

Number of screens (per capita)

Number of Multiplex Cinemas - taking into account the population of cities

Total number of multiplex cinemas (defined as having 7 screens or more) (per capita)

Number of Small Cinemas - taking into account the population of cities

Total number of small cinemas with 1 to 6 screens (per capita)

Total number of Film Festivals hosted

Total number of film festivals hosted in the city

Number of Film Festivals – taking into account the population of cities

Number of film festivals (per capita)

Affordability of a movie ticket relative to average income

Is the affordability of tickets relative to average income/GDP important? 0 = affordability of tickets isn't important, 10 = the lower the price the better



Credits

Concept and calculations for the Cinema Cities Index by the Kinomatics Team
Technical development by James Verhoeven
Website designed by Viveka de Costa
This research was supported under Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (DP120101940)