Section 28

Restrictions in respect of distance between cinemas shall be as specified below:-

  1. There shall be no distance restriction between a permanent cinema and another permanent cinema whether they are situated in the jurisdiction of the same Licensing Authority or not.
  2. The distance between two temporary cinemas or one permanent cinema and a temporary cinema shall not be less than 800 metres provided that this distance restriction shall not apply to the case of—
    1. construction of a permanent cinema near a temporary cinema whether falling within the jurisdiction of the same Licensing Authority or not in which case the distance restriction shall be 100 metres;
    2. construction of a cinema, permanent or temporary within the jurisdiction of a local authority where there is no cinema:
      Provided that :

      1. restrictions regarding distance shall not apply to cinemas existing on the date of coming into force of these rules;
      2. temporary cinema can be licensed for a short period near a permanent cinema under construction, the period being restricted to the period of the permission for construction of the permanent cinema. Such temporary licence shall be issued for 6 months or till the date of completion of the permanent cinema whichever is less in the first instance and renewed subject to rule 17 for periods not exceeding 3 months till the date of completion of the construction of the permanent cinema;
      3. the distance between a permanent cinema and a temporary cinema or between two temporary cinemas, for the purpose of restricting and regulating the number of permanent cinemas and temporary cinemas in any place or in adjacent places shall be reckoned by the shortest distance between the nearest edges of the compounds where the theatres are constructed.