Cinemas Act 1985

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1985 c. 13


Cinemas Act 1985

1985 CHAPTER 13

An Act to consolidate the Cinematograph Acts 1909 to 1982 and certain related enactments, with an amendment to give effect to a recommendation of the Law Commission.

[27th March 1985]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Control of exhibitions

Control of exhibitions

S-1 Licence required for exhibitions.

1 Licence required for exhibitions.

(1) Subject to sections 5 to 8 below, no premises shall be used for a film exhibition unless they are licensed for the purpose under this section.

(2) A licensing authority may grant a licence under this section to such a person as they think fit to use any premises specified in the licence for the purpose of film exhibitions on such terms and conditions and subject to such restrictions as, subject to regulations under section 4 below, they may determine.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (2) above, it shall be the duty of a licensing authority, in granting a licence under this section as respects any premises,—

(a ) to impose conditions or restrictions prohibiting the admission of children to film exhibitions involving the showing of works designated, by the authority or by such other body as may be specified in the licence, as works unsuitable for children; and

(b ) to consider what (if any) conditions or restrictions should be imposed as to the admission of children to other film exhibitions involving the showing of works designated, by the authority or by such other body as may be specified in the licence, as works of such other description as may be so specified.

S-2 Consent required for exhibitions for children.

2 Consent required for exhibitions for children.

(1) Subject to sections 5 and 6 below, no premises shall be used, except with the consent of the licensing authority, for a film exhibition organised wholly or mainly as an exhibition for children.

(2) Subject to regulations under section 4 below, a licensing authority may, without prejudice to any conditions or restrictions imposed by them on the granting of a licence, impose special conditions or restrictions on the granting of a consent under this section.

S-3 Grant, renewal and transfer of licence or consent.

3 Grant, renewal and transfer of licence or consent.

(1) An applicant for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence shall give to—

(a ) the licensing authority,

(b ) the fire authority, and

(c ) the chief officer of police,

not less than 28 days' notice of his intention to make the application.

(2) The licensing authority may in such cases as they think fit, after consulting with the fire authority and the chief officer of police, grant an application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence notwithstanding the fact that the applicant has failed to give notice in accordance with subsection (1) above.

(3) In considering any application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence, the licensing authority shall have regard to any observations submitted to them by the fire authority or by the chief officer of police.

(4) Unless revoked under section 12 below, a licence shall remain in force for one year or for such shorter period as the licensing authority on the grant of the licence may determine.

(5) A licensing authority may transfer any licence granted by them to such other person as they think fit.

(6) Where, before the date of expiry of a licence, an application has been made for its renewal or transfer, the licence shall be deemed to remain in force or, as the case may require, to have effect with any necessary modifications until the determination of the application by the licensing authority or the withdrawal of the application.

(7) There shall be paid in respect of the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence such fees as may be fixed by the licensing authority, not exceeding—

(a ) in the case of a grant or renewal for one year, 82.00;

(b ) in the case of a grant or renewal for any less period, 27.50 for each month for which the licence is granted or renewed but so that the aggregate of the fees payable in any year does not exceed 82.00; or

(c ) in the case of a transfer, 16.50.

(8) The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (7) above so as to vary any sum specified in that subsection or so as to provide that any sum payable under that subsection shall cease to be so payable; and an order under this subsection may be limited to such cases as may be specified by the order and may make different provision for different cases specified in the order.

(9) An order under subsection (8) above shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(10) In this Act, except where the contrary intention appears,—

‘chief officer of police’, in relation to any premises, means the chief officer of police for the police area in which the premises are situated;

‘fire authority’, in relation to any premises, means the authority discharging in the area in which the premises are situated the functions of fire authority under the Fire Services Act 1947 ;

‘licence’ means a licence under section 1 above or a consent under section 2 above and references to a licence of either kind shall be construed accordingly;

‘licensing authority’, in relation to any premises, means the local authority in whose area the premises are situated.

S-4 Regulations by Secretary of State.

4 Regulations by Secretary of State.

(1) Subject to sections 5 and 6 below, no film exhibition shall be given unless regulations made by the Secretary of State under this section are complied with.

(2) The matters for which provision may be made by regulations under this section are—

(a ) safety in connection with the giving of film exhibitions (including the keeping and handling, in premises where other entertainments are being given or meetings held, of cinematograph film used or to be used for the purposes of film exhibitions or other articles or equipment so used or to be used);

(b ) the health and welfare of children in relation to attendance at film exhibitions.

(3) Regulations under this section shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Exempted exhibitions

Exempted exhibitions

S-5 Exhibitions in private dwelling-houses.

5 Exhibitions in private dwelling-houses.

(1) This section applies to any film exhibition which—

(a ) is given in a private dwelling-house,

(b ) is one to which the public are not admitted, and

(c ) satisfies the condition mentioned in subsection (2) below.

(2) The condition referred to in subsection (1) (c ) above is that either—

(a ) the exhibition is not promoted for private gain, or

(b ) the sole or main purpose of the exhibition is to demonstrate any product, to advertise any goods or services or to provide information, education or instruction.

(3) The following exemptions have effect in relation to any film exhibition to which this section applies, that is to say—

(a ) a licence shall not be required by reason only of the giving of the exhibition;

(b ) where the exhibition is given in premises in respect of which a licence is in force, no condition or restriction on or subject to which the licence was granted shall apply to tho exhibition;

(c ) regulations under section 4 above shall not apply to the exhibition.

S-6 Other non-commercial exhibitions.

6 Other non-commercial exhibitions.

(1) Subject to subsections (4) and (5) below, this section applies to any film exhibition (other than one to which section 5 above applies) which—

(a ) is one to which the public are not admitted or are admitted without payment, or

(b ) does not fall within paragraph (a ) above but is given by an exempted organisation,

and (in either case) satisfies the condition mentioned in subsection (2) below.

(2) The condition referred to in subsection (1) above is that either—

(a ) the exhibition is not promoted for private gain, or

(b ) the sole or main purpose of the exhibition is to demonstrate any product, to advertise any goods or services or to provide information, education or instruction.

(3) The following exemptions have effect in relation to any film exhibition to which this section applies, that is to say—

(a ) a licence under section 1 above shall not be required by reason only of the giving of the exhibition unless the pictures are produced by means specified in regulations under section 4 above as means involving such risk that it is inexpedient that this paragraph should have effect;

(b ) where the exhibition is given in premises in respect of which a licence under section 1 above is in force, no condition or restriction on or subject to which the licence was granted shall apply to the exhibition except so far as it relates to the matters specified in section 4(2)(a ) above;

(c ) a consent under section 2 above shall not...

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