Cinema Licence (including film nights)

If you want to show films, including recorded films, performances, children's films, etc, in a public place you will need a Cinema Licence - Please contact Licensing for an application form.

A licence is not needed for:

  • showing films in a private house where members of the public are not admitted
  • non-commercial film exhibitions where the public are not admitted or exhibitions by exempted societies or organisations
  • occasional and exceptional exhibitions - where premises are used on no more than six days in the calendar year
  • mobile cinemas 
  • video games
  • screening of television programmes at the time they are received

Even if a licence is not required, you must notify the licensing section, the Police and Fire Rescue Service.

Apply for  licence

You must complete the application form and submit it with the fee to the licensing section. We will send a copy of your application to the Police and East Lothian Council officers.