The best cities in the world for movie buffs

Ask any average citizen which city is the movie capital of the world and the answer is bound to be “Hollywood,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the ideal destination for moviegoers, a recent study suggests.

Money.co.uk, a financial product comparison site, took a look at the world’s major cities and ranked them by several specific film-related criteria to create a list of the best cities for movie buffs. Factors used for comparison included the total number of cinemas in each city, the number of film tours offered, the number of filming locations and the number of film festivals held in the destination.

1. London, UK

It turns out that, far from Hollywood, London has the most attractions for moviegoers. The British capital achieved an overall score of 9.75 out of a possible 10 and took first place in two categories. It offers the largest number of cinemas (161) and the most film tours available (104). Leicester Square in London is also regularly the scene of many of the biggest film premieres in the world and the city has a large number of filming locations, with over 5,600.


A group of friends traveling in London, UK. (photo via iStock/Getty Images E+/franckreporter)

2. New York, New York

New York City took second place, hosting by far the most film festivals (1,152), the Tribeca Film Festival, the DOC NYC Documentary Film Festival, the International Asian American Film Festival and the International Festival of the New York children’s film are among them. The metropolis also has nearly 7,500 filming locations and hundreds of films are shot in the Big Apple each year.


A view from the top of Rockefeller Center in New York
A view from the top of Rockefeller Center in New York. (photo via NYC and company)

3. Los Angeles, California

On the West Coast, Los Angeles ranked third, with by far the most filming locations (18,241) of the entire group – which is not surprising, given the number of major studios who still call Tinseltown home – and the town hosts the second-most film festivals (730) of anywhere in the world.

The other Top 10 cities ranked as follows:

1. London

2. New York

3.Los Angeles

4.Paris

5. San Francisco

6. Chicago

7. Bombay

8. Berlin

9.Tokyo

10. Barcelona


Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles at dusk
Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles at dusk. (photo via Sean Pavone/iStock Editorial/Getty Images Plus)

The study also looked at what a movie ticket might cost in some of the world’s most developed countries. It turns out that the cheapest place to go see a movie is Turkey, where admission to the cinema costs around $2.33. That’s around five times less than going to the cinema in the UK, which costs around $13.50 per person. The second cheapest cinema tickets in the world exist in Malaysia ($3.55), followed by Kazakhstan ($3.66).

When it comes to the most expensive countries to go to the cinema, Switzerland tops the ranking ($20.63), followed by Denmark ($16.73) in second place and Saudi Arabia (15, $99) to the third.

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