2016 saw Beijing's performance market grow with box office sales revenue hitting 1.7 billion yuan (US$245.24 million), an increase of 10.7 percent over the previous year, according to Beijing Municipal Cultural Bureau and Performance Industry Association.
Last year, a total of 24,440 commercial performances were staged, rising by 0.8 percent compared with the figure of 24,238 in 2015. Box office revenues of performances citywide reached 1.71 billion yuan, increasing by 165 million yuan with a growth rate of 10.7 percent.
Concerts contributed the most, raking in 593 million yuan, followed by drama with 260 million yuan.
Statistics showed that in 2016 over 10.71 million people watched various shows in Beijing, 362,000 more than the previous year. Theater performances and music concerts were the most watched with over 7 million people attending, accounting for 66.9 percent of the total.
Eighty-three venues in Beijing each put on over 100 performances annually, among which 42 present over 200 shows per year, including professional venues such as the Poly Theater, the Capital Theater and Beijing Concert Hall; tourism-based venues such as Liu Lao Gen Grand Stage, Huguang Hall and Lao She Teahouse.