Portugal was the European country with the biggest growth in the number of spectators in cinema rooms, in 2015, compared to 2014, according to a report disclosed yesterday, May 9, by the Portuguese Film and Audiovisual Institute (known by the acronym ICA).

In January, ICA had already pointed out that, globally, in 2015, cinema rooms in Portugal had recorded an increase of about 20 percent, in terms of numbers of spectators, but also in terms of gross revenues, compared to 2014.

In the report, ICA mentions that in 2015, Portuguese cinema, was seen, commercially, by 940,063 spectators, recording the highest number since 1975. ICA also recalls that in 2015 “one of the biggest directors”, Manoel de Oliveira, died, and was paid tribute in several programmes and cinema events.

European cinema rooms, in 2015, had 1,210 million spectators, which corresponds to an increase of 5.2 percent in comparison to 2014, with Portugal (20.4 percent), Finland (20.3 per percent) and Denmark (15.8 percent) leading, according to the programme MEDIA Salles.