cinema owner's concerns over proposed new laws
owner of Burnham-On-Sea's cinema has this week expressed his concern
at planned new legislation that will enable films to be shown
in village halls and community centres on a not-for-profit basis.
owner of the Ritz Cinema, Pat Scott, has voiced fears over the
planned deregulation legislation during a meeting with the town's
MP Tessa Munt.
is one of many cinema businessmen across the UK who have expressed
concern to the Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) over the proposals.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's hard to keep small independent
cinemas running and many of us are concerned about these proposals."
hard enough to get enough visitors through the door without other
local halls showing films showing films too."
not competition that's the problem it will just be an unfair
playing field. I hope that the halls and community centres will
have to adhere to the same stringent health and safety regulations
as we do."
Chief Executive Philip Clapp added in a statement: "It is
very disappointing that the Government intends to proceed with
the removal of licensing requirements on some types of film exhibition."
whole UK cinema exhibition sector, large and small, was united
in its opposition to this unnecessary and damaging change."
the plans, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will change
who can legally exhibit big screen content with the result that
local bingo halls, social clubs, pubs or even churches could all
potentially exhibit films.
Munt has said she is "very concerned" that the regulations
could have a serious effect on the future of local independent
cinemas and is taking up the issue within the government.