Reference > Media law & regulation > UK media laws > Cinema and film > Cinematograph Act 1952
15&16 Geo.6 & 1 Eliz.2 c.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
1.Extension of 9 Edw. 7 c. 30 to cinematograph exhibitions using non-inflammable films or television, etc.
2.Scope of Secretary of State's regulations. Allows SIs for safety [but see Fire Precautions Act 1971], health and welfare of children.
3.Provisions as to conditions of licences. Licensing authority must impose conditions or restrictions within their powers under Act of 1909 on showing of 'works unsuitable for children'.
4.Control of cinematograph exhibitions for children. Shows for children must be licensed.
5.Exemptions for non-commercial exhibitions. No licence is required for any shows exempted by the Act of 1909, nor for exempted organisations which are certified as non-profit-making by the Commissioners of Customs & Excise. There shall be no exemptions under §4 of this Act.
7.Music and dancing licences are not required for cinema to graph exhibitions.
'Child' is under 16 years of age.
'Cinematograph exhibition' means an exhibition of moving pictures produced on a screen by means which include the projection of light.
Minor and consequential amendments of 9 Edw. 7 c.30. Allows taking of samples of film under powers of entry to test for flammability.
1955/1128 Cinematograph Act 1952 (Commencement in England and Wales) Instrument
See also SIs under Cinematograph Act 1909.
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