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Movie Theaters Industry Guide

Essential resources for researching and understanding the movie theater and cinema industry.

Industry Associations

Below are a few trade sites and organizations that provide useful information on the movie theater industry.

Cinema Advertising Council

  • statistics and news about advertising in movie theaters

Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

  • Movie industry news, issues, statistics, ratings descriptions.

National Association of Theatre Owners

  • Trade organization representing over 35,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 100 countries worldwide

United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association

  • Statistics and FAQs about drive-in theaters

Industry Press & Trade Publications

  • Use Business Source Complete for find magazine & journal articles and trade publications about the industry or companies.
  • Some search suggestions:
    • Search for movies or films or motion pictures or cinema then limit to articles published in the last year.   This will find all articles with the synonyms.
    • Search for major companies in the industry.  Limit by date or by publication type (magazines or trade publications)
    • Search for movie theater industry