Cinemas hope Alice will reel in sales
Irish cinemas will be hoping that Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, which will be released early next month, will work its magic on cinemagoers here. Ireland had the second-steepest fall in cinema attendance in Europe over the last year, according to a report just published.
The report, by the European Audiovisual Observatory, found the number of Irish cinemagoers slipped by 3.2 per cent last year. Ireland was one of a handful of countries where attendance was down.
Blockbusters such as Avatar and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs haven't done Irish-made films any favours either, as homegrown films grabbed just 0.2 per cent of admissions last year -- a tenth of what they got in 2008.