The Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on many businesses. However, few sectors have suffered as severely as film and cinema.
In 2020, Swiss cinemas saw screenings drop by a whopping 49% compared to 2019, according to the Federal Statistical Office.
The number of admissions (-65%) and ticket revenue (-65%) were down by nearly two thirds. In addition, the number of local films produced was reduced by 43%.
In 2020, Swiss cinemas recorded 4.3 million admissions (12.5 million in 2019) and made CHF 67 million of revenue (193 million in 2019).
Admissions were down more in Italian- and French-speaking Switzerland (-70%), where Covid-19 hit harder, than in German-speaking Switzerland (-62%).