Turkey has seen theatre ticket sales soar across the country in the past year amid a period of decline for cinema attendance figures.

According to the Turkish statistical Institute (TurkStat), more than 64.8 million cinema tickets were shifted in 2018, which equates to a 5.4 per cent decline in sales since 2017, or almost four million tickets fewer than the previous year.

Meanwhile, theatre-goer numbers increased by 11.9 per cent in 2018, surpassing 7.8 million ticket-buyers for the year.

The number of performances taking place across Turkish theatres, which bolstered their capacities by 9.5 per cent, saw a rise of 6.6 per cent to a total of 33,772 shows.

Though cinema ticket sales declined, the number of physical movie theatres rose by 6.2 per cent to 2,858 and the number of films on show increased by 12.5 per cent to 65,501.

Turkish films surpassed foreign films in the percentage increases of attendance with domestic movies jumping 19.3 per cent while international films increased by 7.3 per cent.

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