U.S. Lost 2,000-Plus Movie Theater Screens Amid Pandemic

March 10, 2023

NATO, which traditionally tracks movie ticket prices on a quarterly and yearly basis, hadn’t done so since the pandemic struck. The number of movie screens grew from 200,949 to 212,590, a 5.8 percent jump. “Data and research are the essential tools we use to drive forward cinema innovations,” said Jackie Brenneman, president of the Cinema Foundation. “While many expected mass closures of theaters due to the pandemic, the number of screens has decreased by only 5.25%. We learned there cannot be billion-dollar movies without movie theaters.