Cinematograph Act 1952

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1952 c. 68


Cinematograph Act , 1952

(15 & 16 Geo. 6 & 1 Eliz. 2) CHAPTER 68

An Act to extend and amend the Cinematograph Act, 1909, and, as respects cinematograph entertainments, to modify the enactments relating to music and dancing licences.

[30th October 1952]

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:—

S-1 Extension of 9 Edw. 7. c. 30 to cinematograph exhibitions using non-inflammable films or television etc.

1 Extension of 9 Edw. 7. c. 30 to cinematograph exhibitions using non-inflammable films or television etc.

1. Subject to the provisions of section seven of the Act of 1909 and to the exemptions hereinafter provided, the said Act and (except so far as they otherwise provide) any regulations made thereunder shall apply as respects all cinematograph exhibitions, whether given by means involving the use of inflammable films or non-inflammable films, or by means not involving the use of films.

S-2 Scope of Secretary of State's regulations.

2 Scope of Secretary of State's regulations.

(1) The matters for which provision may be made by the regulations of the Secretary of State under the Act of 1909 shall be the following:—

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

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

(2) Any statutory instrument containing such regulations as aforesaid shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

S-3 Provisions as to conditions in licences.

3 Provisions as to conditions in licences.

(1) It shall be the duty of the licensing authority, in granting a licence under the Act of 1909 as respects any premises,—

(a ) to impose conditions or restrictions prohibiting the admission of children to cinematograph exhibitions involving the showing of works designated, by the licensing authority or 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 cinematograph exhibitions involving the showing of works designated by the authority or such other body as aforesaid as of such other description as may be specified in the licence.

(2) Neither the last foregoing section nor subsection (1) of this section shall be construed as derogating from the generality of the power of the licensing authority, as respects any premises, to impose conditions or restrictions.

S-4 Control of cinematograph exhibitions for children.

4 Control of cinematograph exhibitions for children.

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, no premises shall be used, except with the consent of the licensing authority, for a cinematograph exhibition organised wholly or mainly as an exhibition for children.

(2) Subject to the regulations of the Secretary of State under the Act of 1909, and without prejudice to any conditions or restrictions imposed by the licensing authority on the granting of a licence, the authority may impose special conditions or restrictions on the granting of any consent under this section.

(3) Subsections (2) to (5) of section two of the Act of 1909 (which contain supplemental provisions as to licences) shall with the necessary modifications apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of the said section two; and sections three and four of that Act (which impose penalties and confer powers of entry for purposes of inspection) shall have effect as if references to that Act included references to this section and references to licences included references to consents.

S-5 Exemptions for non-commercial exhibitions.

5 Exemptions for non-commercial exhibitions.

(1) The following exemptions shall have effect in the case of cinematograph exhibitions (hereinafter referred to as ‘exempted exhibitions’) to which the public are not admitted or to which the public are admitted without payment, that is to say:—

(a ) a licence under the Act of 1909 shall not be required by reason only of the giving of an exempted exhibition, and for the purposes of subsection (2) of section seven of that Act (which exempts premises used only occasionally for cinematograph exhibitions) the giving in any premises of an exempted exhibition shall be disregarded;

(b ) section four of this Act shall not apply to an exempted exhibition;

(c ) regulations made by the Secretary of State under the Act of 1909, being regulations made by virtue of paragraph (b ) of subsection (1) of section two of this Act, shall not apply in relation to an exempted exhibition, and regulations made by the Secretary of State under that Act, being regulations made by virtue of paragraph (a ) of the said subsection (1), shall not apply in relation to an exempted exhibition unless given in premises in respect of which a licence under the Act of 1909 is in force;

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