Nobody’s Going To The Movies Anymore: Theater Attendance At Its Lowest In 19 Years

The next time you’re at the movies, look around — does there seem to be more empty seats than there used to be? Your eyes aren’t lying, as we just left one of the worst years for movie theater attendance since 1995. That is the year of Waterworld and Show Girls, so you know it’s bad.

North America had its lowest number of folks heading to the movies in two decades in 2014, reports the Hollywood Reporter, citing about 1.2 billion consumers who purchased movie tickets between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.

The last time things were this slow was 1995, when only 1.21 billion people went to the movies.

The figures for 2014 aren’t set in stone just yet — though without a working time machine it’d be tough to go back and change them that much — as they won’t be released until the National Association of Theater Owners calculates the average movie ticket price for the year. It’s expected to be around $8.15, up from $8.13 in 2013.

Admissions have been up and down over the years, HR notes, especially when there are more expensive fees for 3D or IMAX movies.

Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low [The Hollywood Reporter]