BRUSSELS May 15 Belgian cinema operator
Kinepolis on Thursday unveiled a 11.2 percent increase
in visitor numbers for the first quarter, buoyed by a popular
film line up and the mild winter weather.
The increase in visitor numbers compared with a year ago was
most pronounced in Belgium and France, while Spain and
Switzerland saw a decline in cinema goers.
The decline in Spain was caused by the timing of Easter as
well as the fact that the group did not show Hollywood
blockbuster "The Wolf of Wall Street" there.
The group added that in-theatre sales, such as drinks and
snacks, grew at a faster rate than visitor numbers, as people
spent more on these items per visit.
Overall, Kinepolis said that its core profit rose compared
to the same period last year, but it did not say by how much.
(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Adrian Croft)