I have a large screen in my pub which I use to show sports events and music videos. Do I need a Cinema's Licence for this?
You should check with your local council as different authorities have different policies regarding large screens. The Cinema's Act requires that film exhibitions are licensed if they are promoted for private gain. Some councils take the view that the pub is benefiting from the exhibition of sports events etc and that a Cinema's Licence is therefore required.Other councils are of the opinion that only recorded programmes require a Cinema's Licence, meaning that a licence would not be required for live programmes.You must check with your council whether a Cinema's Licence is required and the procedure to obtain one. The application is often similar to that for a Public Entertainment Licence, a fee will need to be paid and some councils consult with the police and fire authority before issuing it. If the Cinema's Licence is granted it would normally be granted for the period of a year and would be renewable on an annual basis.