The Appointment of a Licensing Authority


      The Cinematograph Rules



(Section 9)

G.N. No. 117 of 1993

   The Tanzania Film Corporation is hereby appointed a licensing authority for the purposes of Part III of the Films and Stage Plays Act *.



(Section 18)

G.Ns. Nos.
179 of 1935
113 of 1938
204 of 1955
415 of 1955
302 of 1957
98 of 1968
5 of 1969
241 of 1997


1.   Citation

   These Rules may be cited as the Cinematograph Rules.

2.   Cinematograph permits

   (1) Application for a cinematograph permit shall be made by filling on form A prescribed in the First Schedule to these Rules.

   (2) A cinematograph permit shall be in Form B prescribed in the First Schedule to these Rules.

   (3) The fee payable on the grant of a cinematograph permit shall be that prescribed in Item 1 in the Second Schedule to these Rules.

3.   Fee for attendance of officer at making of film

    The fee payable for the attendance of any officer at the making of the film for a cinematograph picture when such attendance is a condition of the grant of a cinematograph permit shall be that prescribed in item 2 in the Second Schedule to these Rules.


4.   Interpretation

   In this Part unless the context requires otherwise–

   "cinematograph theatre" does not include a travelling cinematograph theatre;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for matters relating to cinematography;

   "open air theatre" means a place for cinematograph exhibition commonly known as a drive-in cinema;

   "travelling cinematograph theatre" means the place at which a cinematograph exhibition is to take place by means of apparatus which is designed to be, or is capable of being, moved from place to place and includes such apparatus.

5.   Erection and equipment of cinematograph theatres

   (1) Any person who desires to erect a cinematograph theatre shall furnish the licensing authority with such plans, sections and other drawings as may be required under any other Act for a permit to erect a building and shall show thereon, in addition to such information as may be required by the licensing authority–

   (a)   the proposed arrangements for the sitting of the audience, including the number, type and size of seats, the distance between rows of seats and the width of gangways, which shall be not less than four feet;

   (b)   the position, type and size of all doors and barriers, together with full details of the fastening thereof;

   (c)   the position and dimensions of all staircases and steps;

   (d)   the position and nature of all fire fighting apparatus, whether fixed or movable, including water hydrants;

   (e)   the position of the controls for the lighting of the theatre and external approaches; and

   (f)   the position and nature of all equipment for the artificial ventilation of the theatre.

   (2) No alteration in the position of the essential equipment and furniture of the theatre as shown on the plans approved by the licensing authority shall be carried out without the prior approval in writing of such authority.

   (3) Every door intended for use as a means of exit by the audience shall open outwards and shall be indicated by an adequately illuminated notice, bearing the word "EXIT" in six-inch block letters and the letters may be formed of obscured glass, but shall be capable of being read from the extremities of the hall during any performance when all other lights therein are extinguished.

   (4) Every cinematograph theatre other than an open air theatre shall be equipped with such means of artificial ventilation as ensures the effective circulation of fresh air in and the effective extraction of stale air from the theatre, and where the licensing authority has, with the approval in writing of the Minister, so directed in respect of any theatre, such means of artificial ventilation in respect of such theatre shall include or consist of such air-conditioning equipment or installation of such number of air-conditioning units as may be considered by the licensing authority to be adequate for the purpose of providing artificial ventilation in the theatre and for the cleaning, cooling and dehumidifying of the air introduced into the theatre.

   (4A) Every licensee shall ensure that every means of artificial ventilation installed pursuant to paragraph (4) effectively functions during every cinematograph exhibition or during such periods or exhibitions as the licensing authority may direct.

   (5) In every cinematograph theatre the floor surface shall be constructed of such flooring material as the licensing authority may approve and the internal surface of the walls shall have a smooth finish.

6.   Erection and equipment of travelling cinematograph theatres

   Such of the provisions of rule 5 as are appropriate to the erection and equipment of a travelling cinematograph theatre shall apply thereto.

7.   Operating chambers in cinematograph theatres

   (1) The operating chamber in a cinematograph theatre from which the pictures are projected from one machine shall be not less than seven feet high from the floor to ceiling, seven feet wide and seven feet long the width being increased proportionately to the number of machines installed, and shall be constructed throughout of reinforced concrete at least nine inches thick, or of other fire-resisting material to the satisfactory flue not less than nine inches in diameter and shall be constructed of a material approved by the licensing authority and such flue shall be carried from the highest point of the operating chamber to reach the external air by the shortest route.

   (2) The operating chamber shall be provided with a door constructed of approved fire resisting material not less than two feet wide and five feet ten inches high, constructed to open in such manner as may be approved by the licensing authority.

   (3) All shelves, furniture and fixtures in any operating chamber shall be of approved fire resisting material.

   (4) In the front wall of the operating chamber there may be openings not larger than necessary for effective projection and in no case larger than eight inches square, and not exceeding in number two for each machine and every such opening shall be provided with an automatic falling shutter of metal at least three-thirty-seconds of an inch thick, which, when closed, shall overlap the opening by at least one inch on all sides.

8.   Operating chambers in travelling cinematograph theatres

   The licensing authority may prescribe such conditions in regard to the construction and use of the operating chamber of a travelling cinematograph theatre as may be necessary to secure the safety of the operators and of the persons attending any cinematograph exhibition in such theatre.

9.   Care of cinematograph films

   In a cinematograph or travelling theatre–

   (a)   no film shall be stored except in a place approved for the purpose by the licensing authority;

   (b)   not more than two films shall be in the operating chamber at any one time, and no paper, cardboard or other inflammable material shall be kept therein;

   (c)   no film shall be rewound or repaired in any place other than the operating chamber or other place approved by the licensing authority for the purpose; and

   (d)   no film shall be removed from the operating chamber or such other approved place except in a closed metal box.

10.   Smoking

    In a cinematograph or travelling cinematograph theatre smoking or the use of any naked light shall not be permitted within the operating chamber or place approved for the storage of films and a notice to that effect shall be prominently exhibited therein and at the entrance thereto.

11.   Operators

   The holder of a theatre licence shall employ competent operators and may be required at any time to satisfy the licensing authority as to the competence of any operator employed in the theatre.

12.   Fire practices, etc.

   The holder of a theatre licence shall ensure that the employees at the theatre are conversant with their duties in the event of an outbreak of fire and that fire practice is held not less than once a month.

13.   Public Health requirements

   (1) The interior of every cinematograph theatre shall be decorated at least once in every period of twelve months and at such additional times as the licensing authority may, by notice in writing addressed to the holder of the theatre licence, require.

   (2) All furniture in a cinematograph theatre which is not so constructed as to prevent the harbouring of vermin therein, shall be treated with a residual insecticide as often as may be necessary to eliminate vermin.

   (3) All parts of a cinematograph theatre shall at all times be maintained in clean condition.

14.   Provisions of this Part to be conditions of licences

   The provisions of this Part shall be deemed to be conditions of every theatre licence so far as they relate to cinematograph theatres and travelling cinematograph theatres respectively.

15.   Forms

   (1) The form of application for a theatre licence for a travelling cinematograph theatre shall be in Form C prescribed in the First Schedule to these Rules.

   (2) The form of theatre licence for a cinematograph or travelling cinematograph theatre shall be in Form D or Form E prescribed in the First Schedule to these Rules.

16.   Fees

   The fee for a theatre licence for a cinematograph or travelling cinematograph theatre shall be as prescribed in item 3 of the Second Schedule to these Rules:

   Provided that no fee shall be charged for a theatre licence in the case of a travelling cinematograph theatre used exclusively for films of an educational nature.

FILM PERMITS (rules 17-25)

17.   Interpretation

   In this Part–

   "Authorised Board" means a Board authorised under section 9(2) of the Act to grant film permits;

   "Board" means a Censorship Board appointed under section 9 of the Act;

   "child" shall mean a person who has not reached his 16th birthday;

   "Ordinance" means the Cinematograph Ordinance *;

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