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Movie theater establishments and wages, fourth quarter 2014

July 14, 2015

Do you go to the movie theater in the summer to see the latest blockbuster or catch a break from the heat? In the fourth quarter of 2014, there were 4,286 motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the United States. California, Texas, Florida, and New York each had over 200 movie theaters. Delaware had 8, the fewest among all states. The District of Columbia had 12 movie theaters and Rhode Island had 13.

Establishments of motion picture theaters, except drive-ins, by state, fourth quarter 2014

115 and higher
86 to 114
51 to 85
27 to 50
26 and lower
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Average weekly wages at movie theaters, except drive-ins, were $262 in the fourth quarter 2014. Metropolitan areas in which the average weekly wage was greater than $400 include Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida ($442), and Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin ($410).

In California, the state with the most movie theaters, the Hanford-Corcoran metropolitan area had the highest average weekly wage ($287) followed by Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura ($261).

Average weekly wages at motion picture theaters, except drive-ins, by metropolitan area, fourth quarter 2014

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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. Average weekly wage data for all metropolitan areas are not available because data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards. For more information about motion picture theaters and other industry employment, see the QCEW data viewer tool. Data for the most recent quarter are preliminary and subject to revision.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Movie theater establishments and wages, fourth quarter 2014 at (visited July 18, 2024).

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