Cinemas

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  • DescriptionsDescriptions

    Film exhibition is regulated by the Places of Public Entertainment Ordinance, Cap 172 through the issue of a Place of Public Entertainment Licence (Cinema). The trade is represented by the Hong Kong Theatres Association, Ltd (HKTA). Invitations to BLG meetings are sent to operators through the HKTA. BLG members are welcome to suggest agenda items on licensing and regulatory matters affecting the trade.

  • Government Representatives Government Representatives

    Home and Youth Affairs Bureau, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Buildings Department, Fire Services Department, and Efficiency Office.

  • Notes of MeetingNotes of Meeting / Trade's Views

    Trade’s views are collected through various channels, including BLG meetings, online forms, e-mails and phone calls.  The relevant meeting notes, summaries of trade’s views and the Government’s responses are tabulated below –

     

    Meeting /

    Trade's views

    Date / Period Document
      Jul – Dec 2022

    No trade's views were raised through this BLG

    28 11 May 2022

    28th BLG meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2 Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3 Annex 3            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 4 Annex 4            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 5 Annex 5            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 6 Annex 6            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 7 Annex 7            (Chinese version only)

      Jan – Jun 2022

    Summary of trade's views and Government's responsesSummary of trade's views and Government's

           responses          (Chinese version only)

      Jul – Dec 2021

    No trade's views were raised through this BLG

    27 22 Aug 2019

    27th BLG meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 Annex               (Chinese version only)

    26 30 Aug 2018

    26th BLG meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2 Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3 Annex 3            (Chinese version only)

    25 24 Feb 2017   Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)
    24 22 Jun 2016

    26th BLG meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    23 16 Dec 2015

    23rd meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 《2015年建築物(衞生設備標準、水管裝置、 排水工程及廁所)(修訂)規例》 Annex               (Chinese version only)

    22 3 Jun 2015

    22nd meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 - 機動遊戲機申請辦法 Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2 - Business Consultation e-Platform Revamp (English version only) Annex 2 

    21 21 Nov 2014

    21st meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 - Validation Scheme for Unauthorised Signboards Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2 - Business Compliance Cost for Places of Public Entertainment Licence (Cinemas) Renewal (English version only) Annex 2

    20 21 May 2014

    20th meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 Annex 

    19 17 Oct 2013

    19th meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 (Chinese version only)  Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2  Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    18 10 Apr 2013

    18th meeting notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Duties of Responsible Person under the Lifts and Escalators Ordinance (Chapter 618) (Chinese version only) Annex               (Chinese version only)

     

    If you would like to access cinemas BLG meeting notes/annex(es) issued before 2013, please contact us at bft@effo.gov.hk

  • Highlight of Interesting IssuesHighlight of Interesting Issues

    • Operators could have better control of the time to start business if they opt to apply for a provisional licence.
    • There are standard fire safety requirements for ventilating systems. Registered contractors (ventilation) could start planning of ventilating systems before the receipt of the letter of requirements from the Licensing Authority.
    • The maximum distance from each seat to the gangway has been extended to 12 metres under specified conditions. More details could be found in "Practice Note for Authorized Persons and Registered Structural Engineers 54".
    • Sharing of exit routes with other accommodation in a commercial complex is allowed under specified conditions. More details could be found in "Practice Note for Authorized Persons and Registered Structural Engineers 54".
      If applicants have insurmountable difficulties in complying with the prescribed fire services requirements, fire engineering approach is acceptable to Fire Services Department.
    • Under the Places of Public Entertainment Regulations, cinematograph theatres shall be used for the exhibition of films only and shall not be used for any other purpose without the express permission in writing of the Licensing Authority.  Live broadcast programmes are not films and express permission of the Licensing Authority is required.  
    • To offer an unprecedented visual and audio experience, cinema operators have sought permission for live broadcast of “3D World Cup 2010”.  With the concerted efforts of relevant B/Ds, quick approval was given, bringing a new experience to the audience for the mega event.
Video:  What a cinema trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

Video: What a cinema trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

Duration 4:41
Video: What a cinema trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

Video: What a cinema trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

Duration 2:18
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