If these figures are correct, it wasn't as large as I expected. However few come out to our markets, they are no competition (in size) to India, EU, USA or even Japan, contrary to what I assumed from the most populous country.
But it produced a greater number of educational/scientific films (5000) and documentaries (12000) between 1949 and 1984, mostly for propaganda purpose.
Note the dramatic "shortage" during the "Cultural Revolution" repression. Recently it is growing to a better shape according to China's population and economy.
More random infos:
- 1979 : 29.3 million admissions (all time high at the time )
- 1994 : 5 millions admissions
- 1985 : 182,948 travelling projectors to screen about 20 films/year in rural areas.
- 1990 : travelling projectors drop to 100,000.
- 1995 : still 100,000 travelling projectors
- 1981-85 : 6th Quinquennial Plan (with an objective of about 120 new films/year)
- 1982 : 6000 theatres in urban areas / 4000 in rural areas
- 1983 : 99 theatres in Beijing
- 1995 : 66 theatres (only 13 modern theatres) in Beijing (=10 millions inhabitants); 3000 rural theatres