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THE CINEMATOGRAPH ACT, 1952

Title : THE CINEMATOGRAPH ACT, 1952

Year : 1952



Save as otherwise provided in this Part, no person shall give an exhibition by means of a cinematograph elsewhere than in a place licensed under this Part or otherwise than in compliance with any conditions and restrictions imposed by such licence.



The authority having power to grant licences under this Part (hereinafter referred to as the licensing authority) shall be the district magistrate:

Provided that the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute, for the whole or any part of a1*[Union territory], such other authority as it may specify in the notification to be the licensing authority for the purposes of this Part.

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1. Substituted by Act 58 of 1960, section 3 and Schedule II, for "Part C State".

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(1) The licensing authority shall not grant a licence under this Part, unless it is satisfied that-

(a) The rules made under this Part have been substantially complied with, and

(b) Adequate precautions have been taken in the place, in respect of which the licence is to be given, to provide for the safety of persons attending exhibitions therein.

(2) Subject to the foregoing provisions of this section and to the control of the State Government, the licensing authority may grant licences under this Part to such persons as that authority thinks fit and on such terms and conditions and subject to such restrictions as it may determine.

(3) Any person aggrieved by the decision of a licensing authority refusing to grant a licence under this Part may, within such time as may be prescribed, appeal to the State Government or to such officer as the State Government may specify in this behalf and the State Government or the officer, as the case may be, may make such order in the case as it or he thinks fit.

(4) The Central Government may, from time to time, issue directions to licensees generally or to any licensee in particular for the purpose of regulating the exhibition of any film or class of films, so that scientific films, films intended for educational purposes, films dealing with news and current events, documentary films or indigenous films secure an adequate opportunity of being exhibited, and where any such directions have been issued those directions shall be deemed to be additional conditions and restrictions subject to which the licence has been granted.



(1) The Lieutenant-Governor or, as the case may be, the Chief Commissioner, in respect of the1*[whole or any part of a Union territory] and the District Magistrate in respect of the district within his jurisdiction, may, if he is of opinion that any film which is being publicly exhibited is likely to cause a breach of the peace, by order, suspend the exhibition of the film and during such suspension the film shall be deemed to be an uncertified film in the State, part or district, as the case may be.

(2) Where an order under sub-section (1) has been issued by the Chief Commissioner or a District Magistrate, as the case may be, a copy thereof, together with a statement of reasons therefore, shall forthwith be forwarded by the person making the same to the Central Government, and the Central Government may either confirm or discharge the order.

(3) An order made under this section shall remain in force for a period of two months from the date thereof, but the Central Government may, if it is of opinion that the order should continue in force, direct that the period of suspension shall be extended by such further period as it thinks fit.

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1. Substituted by Act 58 of 1960, section 3 and Schedule II, for "whole Part C State or any part thereof.

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If the owner or person in charge of a cinematograph uses the same or allows it to be used, or if the owner or occupier of any place permits that place to be used in contravention of the provisions of this Part or of the rule made there under, or of the conditions and restrictions upon or subject to which any licence has been granted under this Part, he shall be punishable with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees and, in the case of a continuing offence, with a further fine which may extend to one hundred rupees for each day during which the offence continues.



Where the holder of a licence has been convicted of an offence under section 7 or section 14, the licence may be revoked by the licensing authority.



1*[(1)] The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules-

(a) Prescribing the terms, conditions and restrictions, if any, subject to which licences may be granted under this Part;

(b) Providing for the regulation of cinematograph exhibitions for securing the public safety;

(c) Prescribing the time within which and the conditions subject to which an appeal under sub-section (3) of section 12 may be preferred.

2*[(2) Every rule made by the Central Government under this Part shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.]

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1. Renumbered as sub-section (1) by Act 49 of 1981, section 19 (w.e.f. 1-6-1983).

2. Inserted by Act 49 of 1981, section 19 (w.e.f. 1-6-1983).

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