Great news for community venues in England and Wales! As of April 2015 you will no longer need a Premises Licence to screen films, provided it is a not-for-profit screening between the hours of 8.30am and 11.00pm.
This change to the law comes after strong lobbying from Cinema For All and the voices of many community venues who responded to the government’s consultation.
Cinema For All Managing Director Deborah Parker welcomed the news: “We are delighted that the licensing changes, which we campaigned for during the consultation last year, have now been implemented. This now means that community venues will no longer have to apply for a premises licence to screen films to their community.
Not only will this save them money, but it will also remove one of the hurdles faced when starting up a community cinema.”
The new guidelines can be found here on page 99, section 15.6. Community venues in Scotland and Northern Ireland still require a premises licence which can be arranged through your local authority.
Please note that you will still need single title screening licences for each individual film that you screen. The exemption refers to your venue only.