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 a 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.