Chapter 21:02 - Cinematograph and Video

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CINEMATOGRAPH AND VIDEO ACT
CHAPTER 21:02
Act
11 of 1912
Amended by
12 of 1977
3 of 1982 12 of 1982 18 of 1983
9 of 1986
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Index
of
Subsidiary Legislation
Page
Cinematograph Films and Posters (Censorship) Regulations 26
(Reg. 10/1955, 27/1955)
Cinematograph Regulations 40
(Reg. 31/12/1928, 20/8/1934, 40/1945, 26/1953, 12/1956,
19/1957, 28/1958)


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CHAPTER 21:02
CINEMATOGRAPH AND VIDEO ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
SECTION
1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Cinematograph films, video tapes, and posters to be censored.
4. Appointment of Board of Cinematograph and Video Censors.
5. Duties of censors.
6. Right of censorship committee to exclude unauthorised persons.
7. Certain films or tapes to be submitted for further approval.
8. Censorship Committee’s certificate.
9. Appeal.
10. Power of Minister to make regulations.
11. (1) Provision against cinematograph exhibition except in licensed
premises.
(2) Grant of licences by cinematograph board in places other than
Georgetown or New Amsterdam. Constitution of Board.
(3) Licences not to be granted unless certificates of safety and
sanitation produced.
(4) Revocation and suspension of licence.
12. Provision against video exhibition except in video centres.
13. Use of apparatus in contravention of Act.
14. Power of entry.
15. Burden of proof.
16. Performances exempted from provisions of Act.
17. Unauthorised sale of tickets.
18. Other laws not derogated.
FIRST SCHEDULE—Certificate.
SECOND SCHEDULE—Certificate.
THIRD SCHEDULE—Form of licence.
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1929 Ed.
c. 105
1953 Ed.
c. 127 _______________________________________________________
11 of 1912 An Act to provide for the regulation of cinematograph and
video exhibitions.
[1ST JUNE, 1912]

Short title.

Interpretation.
[70 of 1952
16 of 1955]

1. This Act may be cited as the Cinematograph and Video
Act.
2. In this Act—
“cinematograph film” means any film or part of a film intended
for use in a cinematograph apparatus;
“distributor” means a person who carries on the business of
importing, recording or otherwise procuring and
distributing cinematograph films or video tapes or
posters in Guyana;
“exhibition” means a public exhibition of any cinematograph
film or any video tape;
“poster” means any poster, printed matter, placard,
pamphlet, photograph, picture or other device for
advertising a cinematograph or video exhibition;
“video centre” means any place, whether in a building or a
mobile unit, which is used or intended to be used for
giving video exhibitions, and includes a video club,
parlour, hotel, restaurant or any such place by whatever
name called, where video exhibition is given to its
members or customers, but does not include a
private dwelling-house to which the public are not
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Cinemato-
graph films,
video tapes,
and posters to
be censored.
[70 of 1952
16 of 1955
4 of 1972
9 of 1986
6of 1997]
admitted;
“video library or club” means an association of persons,
whether incorporated or not, the members whereof
distribute among themselves video tapes for their own
use;
“video set” means any apparatus, comprising a television set
or video monitor and a video tape recorder or play-back
apparatus, used or intended to be used for the exhibition
of video tapes;
“video tape” means any tape recording or part thereof
intended for use in a video set, and includes any video
disc, cassette, reel to reel, slide and any other form of
electronic recording from which a visual image can be
produced.
3. (1) No person shall exhibit any cinematograph
film or video tape unless such film or tape has been submitted
to and approved by a censorship committee as hereinafter
provided.
(2) No person shall exhibit, display, publish or
distribute any poster, unless such poster has been submitted
to and approved by a censorship committee or been
submitted to and approved by the Chairman of the Board
of Cinematograph and Video Censors.
(3) It shall be lawful for any publisher of a
newspaper or periodical or any other agency or media
for advertising a cinematograph or video exhibition to
require the distributor or exhibitor of a cinematograph
film or video tape to produce the censorship committee’s
certificate for verification before taking up the advertisement
of any such film or tape.
(4) Any person who exhibits any cinematograph
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Appointment
of Board of
Cinemato-
graph and
Video Censors.
[70 of 1952
16 of 1955
9 of 1986]
c. 27:02.
Duties of
censors.
[70 of 1952
16 of 1955
film or any video tape, or exhibits, displays, publishes or
distributes any poster in contravention of any of the
provisions of this section shall be liable on summary
conviction to a fine of sixty-five thousand dollars.
4. (1) The Minister shall appoint from time to time,
such fit and proper persons, not less than five in number,
who shall together constitute a Board of Cinematograph
and Video Censors for the purpose of censoring
cinematograph films, video tapes and posters. The Minister
shall nominate one of the censors as Chairman of the Board.
(2) Notice of any appointment and of any
revocation thereof shall be published in the Gazette.
(3) The Minister may at his pleasure remove any
member of the Board of Cinematograph and Video Censors
and appoint some other person in his stead.
(4) If the place of any person appointed as a
member of the Board of Cinematograph and Video Censors
becomes vacant by death, removal, resignation or in any
manner whatsoever, the vacancy so created shall be filled as
soon as possible by the Minister.
(5) No person appointed as a member of the
Board of Cinematograph and Video Censors in pursuance of
this Act shall come within the operation of the Pensions Act.
(6) The Chairman of the Board of Cinematograph
and Video Censors may, with the approval of the Minister,
appoint a secretary to the Board of Cinematograph and Video
Censors at such remuneration and upon such conditions as he
may determine.
5. (1) The Chairman of the Board of Cinematograph
and Video Censors shall appoint one or more committees
from among the members of the said Board, in this Act
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9 of 1986]
referred to as censorship committees, to examine such
cinematograph films, video tapes and posters as are
submitted to censorship committees for approval.
(2) Each censorship committee shall consist of not
less then two members of the Board of Cinematograph and
Video Censors.
(3) The Chairman of the Board of Cinematograph
and Video Censors, or the Secretary of that Board, if the
Chairman so directs, shall allocate to a censorship
committee the cinematograph films, video tapes and posters
to be examined by it.
(4) A censorship committee shall not approve
of any cinematograph film or video tape or poster which,
in its opinion, depicts any matter which is against public order
and decency, or where, in its opinion, the exhibition of such
film, or such tape, or display of such poster is undesirable in
the public interest.
(5) As regards a cinematograph film or a video
tape, such approval may be given generally, or on condition
that any portion of a film or tape shall be exercised, or may be
given subject to a condition that the film or tape or portion
thereof shall be exhibited only to persons of a specified age
or sex, or only at certain times.
(6) If the approval of a censorship committee is
given subject to the making of any excisions from the film or
tape as aforesaid, that censorship committee shall have
authority to order that such excisions be made, and to retain in
its possession the portions so excised until the film or tape is
withdrawn from exhibition in Guyana and is about to be
exported.
(7) Where a censorship committee has approved of
any cinematograph film, video tape or poster, the Chairman
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Right of
censorship
committee to
exclude
unauthorised
persons.
[70 of 1952
16 of 1955
9 of 1986]

Certain films or
tapes to be
submitted for
further
approval.
[70 of 1952
16 of 1955
9 of 1986]
Censorship
Committee’s
certificate.
[70 of 1952
9 of 1986]

Appeal.
[16 of 1955
9 of 1986]
shall issue a certificate to the person submitting such film,
tape or poster to a censorship committee for its approval.
Such certificate may at any time be cancelled by notice in
writing.
6. It shall be lawful for a censorship committee at its
examination of any cinematograph film, video tape or
poster submitted for its approval to prohibit from being
present any person who in its opinion is not directly
concerned with the exhibition of such film, tape or poster.
7. Where any matter has been added to any
cinematograph film or video tape approved by a censorship
committee, such film or tape shall be again submitted to a
censorship committee for approval, and until it has been again
approved, shall be deemed not to have been approved.
8. A certificate issued by a censorship committee
shall state the length of the film or tape approved for
exhibition. For the purposes of this section each part of a
cinematograph film or video tape intended to be shown on one
occasion as a single part of a consecutive series shall be
deemed to be a complete film or tape.
9. (1) Any person aggrieved by any decision of a
censorship committee may, within the prescribed time and in
the prescribed form appeal to the Board of Cinematograph and
Video Censors against such decision:
Provided that no member of the censorship committee
from whose decision an appeal is brought shall sit or take part
in the determination of such appeal.
(2) The decision of the Board of Cinematograph
and Video Censors on every such appeal shall be final.
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Power of
Minister to
make
regulations.
[11 of 1945
70 of 1952
16 of 1955
4 of 1972
3 of 1982
9 of 1986
6 of 1997]
10. The Minister may make regulations for any of
the following purposes:
(a) prescribing the conditions under
which cinematograph films and waste
or scrap cellulose nitrate products
shall be stored and kept;
(b) prescribing the maximum amount of
cinematograph film which may be
kept or stored in any vault or other
place at any one time;
(c) controlling the transportation of
cinematograph film;
(d) prohibiting the storage of
cinematograph films and waste or
scrap cellulose nitrate products
within any area which may be
defined or described;
(e) prescribing the conditions under
which cinematograph films may be
kept in a cinematograph theatre
and the maximum amount of film
which may be kept at any one time;
(f) prescribing the manner in which a
room for the examination, cleaning,
assembling, packing, rewinding or
repair of cinematograph film shall be
constructed and used, and the
equipment of such room;
(g) prohibiting the erection or use of any
cinematograph studio in any
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prescribed area;
(h) controlling the use and storage of
cinematograph film and scrap
cellulose nitrate products used, or
intended to be used, in any
cinematograph studio;
(i) controlling the construction, design,
accommodation, equipment and use
of cinematograph theatres and
cinematograph studios;
(j) controlling the accommodation,
sanitary or other equipment and use
of video centres;
(k) providing for special or general or
periodic inspection of buildings used
as cinematograph theatres or
cinematograph studios or video
centres by duly qualified persons and
prescribing the fees to be paid to
such persons for their services;
(l) classifying the premises licensed
under this Act for all or any of the
purposes of this Act;
(m) prescribing the fees to be paid for
admission to any exhibition or
entertainment or both in premises
licensed under this Act and the
duration of such exhibition or
entertainment or both:
Provided that different fees may be prescribed for different
classes of such premises and for different areas therein;

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(n) prescribing the fees to be paid by
licensees in respect of any inspection
of premises used as cinematograph
theatres or video centres;
(o) prescribing the precautions to be taken
in respect of the construction, use and
operation of motors and cinemato-
graph projectors;
(p) controlling the rental or other
consideration charged by distributors
of cinematograph films or video
tapes for leasing, or otherwise
permitting the use of cinematograph
films or video tapes for exhibition
in premises licensed under this Act;
(q) prescribing the fees to be paid by
distributors in respect of any
cinematograph film, video tape or
poster submitted by them to the Board
of Cinematograph and Video Censors
for approval;
(r) generally for preventing fires and
securing the safety of the public in
or near any cinematograph
theatre, cinematograph studio or
cinematograph film storage room or
vault;
(s) generally for preventing fires and
securing the safety of the public and
maintaining the public health and
sanitation, in or near any video
centre;

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Provision
against
cinematograph
exhibition
except in
licensed
premises.
[22 of 1938
64 of 1952
34 of 1954
18 of 1948
7 of 1960
4 of 1972
(t) prescribing the forms to be used for
any matter or thing to be done under
this Act;
(u) prescribing the conditions and the
procedure with respect to the
submission of cinematograph films,
video tapes and posters for approval
and to the grant of such approval
and the terms, conditions and
restrictions thereof or relating thereto;
(v) prescribing any other matter required
to be prescribed under this Act;
(w) providing for the imposition of
penalties not exceeding a fine of sixty-
five thousand dollars or
imprisonment for a term of six
months for any contravention of, or
failure to comply with, any of the
regulations made under this Act or
decision taken under such regulations
and for forfeiture of any film, video
tape or poster in respect of which
the contravention or failure has been
made.
11. (1) An exhibition for the purposes of which
inflammable or non-inflammable films are used, shall not
be given unless the regulations made by the Minister for
securing safety are complied with, or, save as otherwise
provided by this Act, elsewhere than in premises licensed
for the purpose in accordance with this Act.

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12 of 1982
18 of 1983
9 of 1986
6 of 1997]
Grant of
licences by
cinematograph
board in places
other than
Georgetown or
New
Amsterdam.
Constitution of
Board.
c. 28:02
Licences not to
be granted
unless
certificates of
safety and
sanitation
produced.
Revocation and
suspension of
Licence.
(2) In respect of any part of Guyana other than
Georgetown and New Amsterdam, a Board, consisting of the
chairman of the regional democratic council of the region
where the premises are situate or his representative, the
regional executive officer of that council or his
representative, a magistrate appointed by the Minister, and
the chairman of the local authority of the place where the
premises are situate may grant licences to any persons it
thinks fit to use the premises specified in the licence for
the purposes aforesaid on the terms and conditions and
under the restrictions which, subject to regulations of the
Minister, the Board by the respective licences determines.
(3) In subsection (2) “chairman of the local
authority” does not include the chairman of a regional
democratic council, but includes where the local authority is a
rural authority the agent appointed under section 21(4) of the
Local Government Act.
(4) No licence under this Act shall be granted in
respect of any premises to which this section applies unless
there is produced to the Board—
(a) a certificate from the Chief Fire
Officer, that in respect of such
premises he is satisfied that the
regulations made under this Act in
the interests of general safety, as to
means of escape in the event of fire
and as to precautions against fire,
have been complied with;
(b) a certificate from the Chief
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First Schedule.

Second
Schedule.
Buildings Officer, or, where such
premises are situate within the
City of Georgetown, a certificate
from the City Engineer that such
premises are fit for use for the
purposes of this section; and
(c) a certificate from the Central Board
of Health in the form set out in the
First Schedule where the premises
are situate in a village, country or
rural district, or, where the premises
are situate in an urban sanitary district,
a certificate from the Medical Officer
of Health of such district in the form
set out in the Second Schedule, that
such premises are, with reference to
public health or sanitation, fit for use
for the purpose of this section:
Provided that where any of the aforesaid certificates has
not been granted, a provisional licence may be issued by the
Board for such period as shall be specified by the Board which
period may be extended from time to time by the Board
pending the completion of such structural or other
alterations as may be required for the grant of such certificate.
(5) In subsection (4)—
“the City Engineer” includes the Assistant City Engineer;
“the Chief Buildings Officer” includes any fit and proper
person authorised in writing by the Chief Buildings
Officer to examine premises and issue certificates for the
purposes of this section; and
“the Chief Fire Officer” includes any fit and proper person
authorised by the Chief Fire Officer to examine
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premises and issue certificates for the purposes of this
section.
(6) The Chief Fire Officer, the City Engineer,
the Chief Buildings Officer, the Medical Officer of Health,
their servants or agents or any officer of the Central Board
of Health may, at any reasonable time, enter and inspect any
premises licensed under this Act and if upon such inspection
the Chief Fire Officer, the City Engineer, the Chief Buildings
Officer, the Medical Officer of Health or any person
authorised by him or any officer of the Central Board of Health,
as the case may be, is of opinion that the premises are unfit for
use for the purposes of this section, any such officer or person
shall forthwith report the matter to the Board who shall revoke
or suspend the licence upon such terms as the Board may
think fit:
Provided that in respect of premises for which a licence
under this section was in force at that date, a provisional licence
may be issued by the Board for such period as shall be
specified by the Board which period may be extended from
time to time by the Board pending the completion of such
structural alterations as may be required for the grant of the
certificates referred to in subsection (4).
(7) A licence shall be in force for one year or for
any shorter period the Board on the grant of the licence
determines, unless the licence has been previously revoked
as hereinafter provided.
(8) Any person may apply to the Board for the
provisional grant of a licence in respect of premises about to
be constructed or in the course of construction, for use as a
cinema, and every such application shall be accompanied by
a plan of the proposed premises, and a specification of
the proposed fittings and furnishings, to the satisfaction of the
Board.
(9) A Board may transfer any licence granted by it
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to any other person it thinks fit.
(10) An applicant for the provisional grant of a
licence, a licence or transfer of a licence shall give not less
than seven days’ notice in writing to the clerk of the
magistrate and to the chief officer of the police division in
which the premises are situate of his intention to apply for
the provisional grant of a licence, a licence or transfer, and
shall publish the notice of his application once in a daily
newspaper circulating in the locality, but it shall not be
necessary to give any notice where the application is for the
renewal of an existing licence held by the applicant for the
same premises.
(11) It shall be competent for the officer of the
police force on receiving the notice and for any five persons
resident in the district in which the premises are situate or to
be situated, to lodge objections to the provisional grant, the
grant or renewal of the licence, and those objections shall be
lodged by the objectors with the clerk of the magistrate
within ten days of the receipt or publication of the notice, and
at the same time a copy of the objections shall be sent by them
to the person applying for the provisional grant, the grant or
renewal of a licence.
(12) Upon the hearing of any application for the
provisional grant of a licence, the applicant shall furnish
proof, by certificate or otherwise to the satisfaction of the
Board, that the plan and specification have been approved
by the Chief Buildings Officer, the Government Electrical
Engineer, and the Commissioner of Police.
(13) The Board shall, upon a date to be fixed by the
magistrate, hear parties upon the application and the
objections and may order any inquiry it thinks fit, and
thereafter grant or refuse the application:
Provided that where an applicant for a licence, to
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Third Schedule.
Form of licence.
c. 80:01.
whom a provisional grant has been made by the Board,
satisfies the Board that the premises have been constructed,
furnished and equipped according to the plan and
specification aforesaid, the Board shall grant the
application.
(14) Two members of the Board shall form a
quorum.
(15) An appeal shall lie to the Minister from the
decision of a Board with regard to the grant or refusal of an
application.
(16) Upon the grant of an application, the Board
shall issue a licence in the form set out in the Third Schedule,
with any variations circumstances require, and shall cause
the entries required by the licence to be made in a register to
be kept for the purpose.
(17) The Board shall have power to order costs and
expenses to be paid by the unsuccessful party, where
objections have been taken to the grant or renewal of a licence,
in the same manner as in any case of summary jurisdiction
where an order is made for payment of money which is not
in the nature of a penalty for an offence.
(18) Any premises so kept or used, although
licensed, shall not be opened for the purpose aforesaid except
on the days and between the hours stated in the licence, and the
observance of the days and hours of opening and closing shall
be inserted in, and made a condition of, every licence, but for
any special reason the Commissioner of Police, or the senior
police officer in charge of the district, may grant special
permission for any period not exceeding one week at a time to
open for one hour longer.
(19) No district commissioner shall issue any
licence required by the Tax Act for a cinema theatre unless
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and until there is produced to him a licence granted by a
Board under this Act.
(20) There shall be paid in respect of the grant or
renewal of a licence a fee of three hundred and twenty-five
dollars and in respect of a transfer a fee of ninety-seven
dollars.
(21) In Georgetown and New Amsterdam licences
may only be granted by a Board consisting of the Mayor
and two magistrates appointed by the Minister, and the
senior magistrate shall fix the date of hearing. In other
respects the provisions of this section shall apply to that
Board.
(22) A licence under subsection (2) hereof shall not
authorise the licencee to open the premises for the purpose
of any entertainment before the hour of half-past four of the
clock in the afternoon on a Sunday or at any time on Good
Friday:
Provided that no exhibition or other representation on
a screen shall commence before the hour of five of the clock in
the afternoon on a Sunday.
(23) No child who is of or above the age of six years
and has not attained the age of fifteen years shall be admitted
to any exhibition or other entertainment on premises licensed
under this Act between the hours of eight of the clock in the
forenoon and four of the clock in the afternoon on any
weekday, except Saturdays and public holidays, in a period
during which schools are in session:
Provided that—
(a) any such children may, with the
approval of the Chief Education
Officer, be admitted at any time to an
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Provision
against video
exhibition
except in video
centres.
[9 of 1986]
educational or cultural exhibition or
gathering in licensed premises;
(b) the Chief Education Officer shall, by
publication in the Gazette on or before
the first day of September in each year,
give notice of those periods during
which schools shall be deemed to be
in session in the ensuing year for the
purposes of this subsection.
12. (1) An exhibition of any video tape shall not be
given, unless the regulations made by the Minister for
securing safety and maintaining the public health and
sanitation in or near any video centre are complied with,
or save as otherwise provided by this Act, elsewhere than in
a video centre licensed for the purpose in accordance with this
Act.
(2) In respect of any part of Guyana, other than
Georgetown and New Amsterdam, the Board referred to in
section 11 (2), and in respect of Georgetown and New
Amsterdam, the Board referred to in section 11 (21), may
grant licences to any person it thinks fit to use the video
centre specified in the licence for the purposes of video
exhibition on the terms and conditions and under the
restrictions which, subject to regulations of the Minister, the
Board by the respective licences determines:
Provided that in granting a licence, the Board may have
regard to the existing facilities for the exhibition of
cinematograph film or video tapes within a distance of one
mile from the place at which the video centre is proposed to
be located.
(3) The provisions of subsections (4) to (7), (9) to
(11), (13) to (17), (19) and (20) of section 11 shall, mutatis
mutandis, apply in relation to a video centre as they apply in
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Use of
apparatus in
contravention
of Act.
[9 of 1986
6 of 1997]

Power of entry.
[6 of 1997]
relation to the premises to which that section applies.
(4) Nothing in this section shall apply to a video
exhibition given for raising funds for the purposes of charity
or sport or in aid of a voluntary organisation, with the
permission in writing of the Commissioner of Police, who
may grant such permission subject to such conditions as he
may think proper; and any such permission may be
suspended, cancelled or modified by the Commissioner of
Police:
Provided that the Commissioner of Police shall, before
taking action to suspend, cancel or modify any permission
granted, give a reasonable opportunity of being heard to
the person to whom the permission was granted.
13. If the owner of a cinematograph or video set or
other apparatus uses the apparatus, or allows it to be used,
or if the occupier of any premises or video centre allows them
or it to be used, in contravention of this Act or of the conditions
or restrictions upon or subject to which any licence relating to
the premises or video centre has been granted under this Act,
he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of nine
thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars and, in the case
of a continuing offence, to a further fine of four thousand eight
hundred and seventy-five dollars for each day during which
the offence continues, and the licence (if any) shall be liable to
be revoked by the magistrate.
14. Any police constable, or any officer appointed for
that purpose by the Commissioner of Police, may at all
reasonable times enter any premises, whether licensed or not,
in which he has reason to believe that an exhibition is being
or is about to be given, in order to see whether the
provisions of this Act and the conditions of any licence
granted hereunder have been complied with, and, if any
person prevents or obstructs the entry of the constable or that
officer, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of
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Burden of
proof.

Performances
exempted from
provisions of
Act.
[10 of 1940
18 of 1943
18 of 1948
9 of 1986]
.
nineteen thousand five hundred dollars.
15. In any prosecution under this Act, the onus of
proof that he has complied with the law shall lie on the
defendant.
16. (1) This Act shall not apply—
(a) to an exhibition given in a private
dwelling-house to which the public
are not admitted; or
(b) to an exhibition, given by a
Government department or by a local
Government authority, of a non-
inflammable film or of a video tape of
an educational nature in a town hall,
school, public institution or church
hall or in any premises approved in
writing in that behalf by the
Commissioner of Police; or
(c) to an exhibition of a non-
inflammable sub-standard film in any
premises approved in writing in that
behalf by the Commissioner of Police:
Provided that no charge is made for admission to such
exhibition.
(2) The approval of the Commissioner of Police
under this section may be granted subject to such
conditions as he may think proper; and any such approval
may be cancelled or modified by the Commissioner.
(3) In this section the expression “sub-standard
film” means any film of a width of not more than sixteen
millimetres.
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Unauthorised
sale of tickets.
[12 of 1977
6 of 1997]
(4) Nothing in this Act shall apply to a
cinematograph film or video tape exhibited for broadcast or
cable transmission by a licensed commercial or educational
broadcaster or television cable network.
17. (1) Any person who, in the vicinity of a place
licensed under this Act, sells or offers for sale any ticket for
admission to that place, other than from a booth or ticket
office provided on the premises thereof for the purpose by
the licensee of that place shall be guilty of an offence.
(2) Any person who buys a ticket offered for sale in
the manner prohibited by subsection (1) shall be guilty of an
offence.
(3) Where an act prohibited by subsection (1) is
committed on the premises of a place licensed under this Act,
the licencee or manager thereof shall be guilty of an offence:
Provided that it shall be a defence for the licencee or
manager to show that reasonable measures were taken by
either of them to prevent the commission of the Act.
(4) For the purpose of any proceedings for an
offence under subsection (1) the statement in the complaint
that a document sold or offered for sale by the defendant is a
ticket for admission to a particular place or that a particular
place is licensed under this Act shall be prima facie evidence of
the document being such a ticket or that the place is so
licensed, as the case may be.
(5) Any person guilty of an offence under this
section shall on summary conviction be liable to—
(a) a fine of not less than nineteen
thousand five hundred dollars nor
more than thirty-two thousand five
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hundred dollars and to imprisonment
for not less than three months nor more
than six months;
(b) a fine of not less nor more than thirty-
two thousand five hundred dollars
together with imprisonment for not
less or more than six months, on a
second or subsequent conviction.
18. The provisions of this Act, in so far as they relate
to video exhibitions, shall be in addition to, and not in
derogation of, the provisions of any other written law for the
time being in force or any instrument having the force of law
relating to the importation or use of a video set or video tape.
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FIRST SCHEDULE
CINEMATOGRAPH AND VIDEO ACT
CERTIFICATE
PREMISES SITUATE IN A VILLAGE, COUNTRY OR
RURAL DISTRICT
No. of Certificate................................................................................
District.................................................................................................
Name of Applicant ............................................................................
Description of Premises ...................................................................
................................................................................................................
THIS IS TO CERTIFY that with reference to public health
and sanitation the premises described above are fit to be
used for the purpose of
..............................................................................................................
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This certificate expires on 31st December, 20.........
Dated this ...................................... day of ......................., 20..........
....................................................
Secretary,
Central Board of Health
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SECOND SCHEDULE
CINEMATOGRAPH AND VIDEO ACT
CERTIFICATE
PREMISES SITUATE IN AN URBAN SANITARY
DISTRICT
No. of Certificate................................................................................
District ..................................................................................................
Name of Applicant ...........................................................................
Description of Premises ...................................................................
..............................................................................................................
THIS IS TO CERTIFY that with reference to public health
and sanitation the premises described above are fit to be
used for the purpose of ..................................................................
This certificate expires on 31st December, 20........
Dated this ......................... day of ....................., 20 .........
..............................................................
Medical Officer of Health for the urban
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sanitary district of....................................
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THIRD SCHEDULE
FORM OF LICENCE
CINEMATOGRAPH AND VIDOE ACT
A licence is hereby granted to (1) (1) Insert name
of person to
whom licence
is granted.
to keep and use (2) situate (2) Describe
premises to be
licenced.
at (3) (3) Where
premises are
situate.
in (4) (4) Town, or
village, or
district, where
premises are
situate.
For the purpose of (5) (5) Purpose for
which premises
licensed.
For (6) from the date hereof upon
the following restrictions(s),
namely, that the premises hereby
licensed shall be opened for the
purpose for which the licence is
granted
(6) Duration of
licence.
On (7) only and between the
hours of
(7) Day or days.

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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION
_________________
Reg. 10/1955
27/1955
CINEMATOGRAPH FILMS AND POSTERS
(CENORSHIP) REGULATIONS
made under section 4
Citation.
[1/1987]

Interpretation.
[1/1987]
1. These regulations may be cites as the
Cinematograph and Video Films, Video Tapes and Posters
(Censorship) Regulations.
2. In these Regulations—
“the Board” means the Board of Cinematograph and Video
Censors appointed by the Minister under section 4 of the
Act;
“censorship committee” means a committee of the Board
appointed by the Chairman under section 5 of the Act;
“the chairman” means the Chairman of the Board of
Cinematograph and Video Censors;
“film” mean Cinematograph film;
“the secretary” means the secretary of the Board of
Cinematograph and Video Censors;
“tape” means a video tape;
“trailers” means a short film made by the cast of, or in
conjunction with and directly related to, a film who
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Application.
[1/1987]
Form A
First Schedule.

[Reg. 27/1955]
[1/1987]

Application
fees.
[Reg. 27/ 1977]
[1/1987]
exceeds one thousand two hundred feet in length, to be
displayed for advertising purposes only, in advance of
the exhibition of such film.
3. (1) Distributors shall send to the office of the Board
complete list or all films, tapes and posters to be submitted for
approval by a censorship committee.
(2) Every application for the approval of a film or tape by
a censorship committee—
(a) shall be made in Form A in the First
Schedule;
(b) shall be made not less than three days
before it is proposed to exhibit such
film or tape.
4. Upon receipt of an application made under
regulation 3, or regulation 13 with regards to trailers, the
Secretary may arrange with the applicant to have the film,
tape or trailer projected at the applicant’s risk and expense at
Georgetown at such time as the Secretary may appoint:
Provided that if the applicant request to have the film,
tape or trailer projected at any place other than Georgetown,
the Secretary may, on payment by the applicant of all
travelling and other expenses required therefor, arrange that
the film, tape or trailer should be projected at the applicant’s
risk at the place requested by the applicant.
5. There shall be paid to the Accountant General, in
advance, by every such applicant—
(a) an examination fee of two dollars and
fifty cents in respect of each film or
tape submitted for examination and
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The Board’s
records and
accounts.
[1/1987]
approval by the Board and the official
receipt of such fee shall be attached to
the application by the applicant;
(b) a viewing fee of fifteen cents per
hundred feet in respect of every film
or tape to be viewed in the course of
examination and the official receipt
for such fee shall be submitted to the
secretary prior to the date of viewing:
Provided that no fee shall be paid—
(i) in respect of any film or tape
which does not exceed one
thousand two hundred feet in
length and depicts or relates to
comics, reviews of the world
news, musical extract, cartoons,
educational or cultural subjects;
or
(ii) in respect of any film or tape
taken in Guyana of less than
thirty-five millimeters in width;
or
(iii) in respect of trailers.
6. (1) The Board shall, in respect of all films pr tapes
submitted to censorship committee for examination, keep a
register which shall contain the following particulars;
(a) the names of such film or tape;
(b) the names of the owners, renters and
exhibitors of such film or tape;
(c) the names of the members of the
censorship committee by whom such
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Payment by
the Board.
Classifications
of films into
categories.
[1/1987]
film or tape were examined;
(d) the decision of the censorship
committee in respect of such
examination.
(2) The Board shall keep accounts—
(a) of all monies received by the Board in
respect of fees payable for films or
tapes submitted for examination;
(b) of all disbursement made by the
Board in carrying out duties of
censorship committees.
7. All payments on behalf of the board in carrying out
its duties shall be made by the accountant General on
vouchers certified by the Chairman.
8. (1) A censorship committee shall classify each film
or tape approved by it for exhibition into one of the following
categories:-
(a) Category “U”. All films which in the
opinion of the censorship committee
are suitable for universal exhibition
shall be classified as category “U”.
(b) Category “A”. All films or tapes which
in the opinion of the censorship
committee should not be seen by a
person under 16 years of age unless
such person is accompanied by a
person over 21 years of age or by a
parent or guardian shall be classified
as category “A”.

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Decision of
censorship
committee
regarding
films.
[1/1987]
Form B
First Schedule.

Appeal from
refusal of
censorship
committee to
approve films.
[1/1987]
Form C
First Schedule.

Exhibition of
(c) Category “X”. All films or tapes which
in the opinion of the censorship
committee are not suitable for
exhibition to persons under 16 years
of age, under any circumstances, shall
be classified as category “X”.
(2) Films or tapes classified as category “U” may be
exhibited to all persons of any age.
(3) Films or tapes classified as category “A” shall
not be exhibited to any person under 16 years of age unless
such person is accompanied by a responsible person over 21
years of age or by a parent or guardian.
(4) Films or tapes classified as category “X” shall
not be exhibited to persons under 16 years or age, whether or
not such persons are accompanied by persons over 21 years of
age or by a parent or guardian.
9. The decision of a censorship committee on an
application for approval of a film or tapes made as in
regulation 3 shall be given in Form B in the First Schedule and
shall be made available to the applicant within three days of
the date thereof.
10. Any person who desires to appeal to the Board
against the refusal of a censorship committee to approve a film
or tape or part thereof, or against the classification of a film or
tape by a censorship committee into any category, shall
forward to the Secretary his memorandum of appeal in Form
C in the First Schedule and shall pay the Accountant General
in advance a fee of fifteen dollars and the receipt for such
payment shall be attached to his memorandum of appeal.
11. Upon receipt of a memorandum of appeal made as
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films to Board.
[1/1987]

Decision of
Board
regarding
films.
Form D
First schedule.

Application
for approval of
posters.
[Reg. 27/1955]
Form E
First Schedule.
Decision of
censorship
committee
regarding
posters.
[Reg. 27/1955]
Form F
First Schedule.
in regulation 10, the Board may arrange with the appellant to
have the film or tape projected at the appellant’s risk and
expense at Georgetown at such time as the Board may
appoint:
Provided that if the appellant request to have the film or
tape projected at any place other than Georgetown, the Board,
may, on payment by the appellant of all travelling and other
expenses required thereof, arrange that the film should be
projected at the appellant’s risk at the place requested by the
appellant.
12. The decision of the Board on a appeal made as
prescribed by regulation 10 shall be in Form D in the First
Schedule and shall be made available to the appellant within
three days of the date thereof.
13. Every application for the approval of a poster or
trailer by a censorship committee—
(a) shall be submitted or forwarded to the
Secretary;
(b) shall be in Form E in the First
Schedule; and
(c) shall be made not less than 3 days
before it is proposed to display or
distribute such poster or trailer.
14. The decision of a censorship committee on the
application for the approval of a poster or trailer made as
prescribed in regulation 13 shall be given in Form F of the
First Schedule, and shall be made available to the applicant
within three days of the date thereof.

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Appeal from
refusal of
censorship
committee to
approve
posters.
[Reg. 27/1955]
Form G
First Schedule.
Decision of
Board
regarding
posters.
Right of entry
of members of
the Board
during
performance.

Register of
films.
Second
Schedule.
Penalties.
15. Any person who desires to appeal to the Board
against the refusal of a censorship committee to approve a
poster or trailer shall forward to the Secretary his
memorandum of appeal in Form G in the First Schedule.
16. The decision of the Board on an appeal made as
prescribed in regulation 15 shall be given in Form H in the
First Schedule, and shall be made available to the appellant
with three day of the date thereof.
17. The member of the Board shall have the right of
entry into all cinemas during performance, free of charge; and
it shall be their duty to make such surprise visits as they may
think fit. Accommodation must in every case be reserved for a
possible visit by the members of the Board.
18. The Board shall keep a register of Films in the
Form set out in the Second Schedule.
19. Any person who acts in contravention of, or fail to
comply with any of the provisions of these Regulations, or
who fails to comply with any decision made under these
Regulations, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of
seven hundred and fifty dollars and the court may order the
forfeiture of any film or poster in respect of which such
offence has been committed. Any person found guilty of a
continuing offence, shall be liable on summary conviction to a
fine of seventy-five dollars for every day on which the offence
continued with like forfeiture.
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FIRST SCHEDULE
FORM A
APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO EXHIBIT A FILM
No. of application: (1) …………………….
To the Secretary of the Board of Film Censors,
Georgetown
I, ………………………………………. of …………………………
………………………………………………..hereby apply for
approval to exhibit the following film:

(a) Original Title…………………………………………
(b) Alternative title (if any)……………………………..
(c) Class (2) ………………………………………………
(d) Proposed category of film ………………………….
(e) Length ………………………………………………..
(f) Width………………………………………………….
(g) Silent or talking ……………………………………..
(h) Language …………………………………………….
(i) Maker ………………………………………………...
(j) Country of registration ……………………………..
2. I have paid to the Accountant General the
examination fee of ………………………. and Official Receipt
No. ……………………… dated ….……………….. 20………., in
respect to the said fee is attached hereto.
Dated ……………………..day of ………………………. 20……..
…………………………….
Applicant
(1) To be filled in by the Secretary .
(2) Films should be entered under one of the following
classes: drama, comedy, musical, extract, news, cartoons,
education, advertisement.
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FORM B
DECISIONS OF CENSORSHIP COMMITTEE ON AN
APPLICATION FOR THE APPROVAL OF A FILM
No. ………………………..
On the application of ……………………. of …………………….
The film entitled …………………………………………….. has
been submitted to the censorship committee consisting of (1)
………………………………………………………………………..
and
(a) a permission to exhibit the said film is hereby granted
under category……………………………
(b) on condition that the following portion of the film
shall not be exhibited to the public (2)
…….………………………………………………………………….
and that these portions of the film shall be delivered to the
Secretary before the exhibition of the remaining portion of the
film.
(c) permission to exhibit the said film is refused on the
following grounds:
……………………………………………………….………………
……………………………………………………….………………
Dated the …………………… day of …………...….…… 20……
…………………………….
Chairman of the Board of
Film Censors
Note— The prescribed fee of ………………….. had been paid.
(1) Insert names of Members.
(2) Specify part of film.
(a), (b), (c). Strike out words or phrase which are unnecessary.

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FORM C
APPEAL TO THE BOARD OF FILM CENSORS AGAINST
THE DECISION OF A CENSORSHIP COMMITTEE TO
APPROVE A FILM
To the Secretary of the Board of Film Censors.
Georgetown.
Whereas I am aggrieved by the refusal of a censorship
Committee consisting of (1) ……………………….. to approve
(2) ………………………………… I hereby appeal against such
refusal and have paid to the Accountant General a fee of
……………….. in respect of my appeal.
2. Official receipt No. ……………… dated ……… 20 …….
In respect of the said fee is attached hereto.
3. The reason of the refusal of the censorship committee,
as recorded in the decision dated……………….20……….
under No. …………… and communicated to me on the……….
20…….., are the following:
………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………
4. My grounds of appeal are the following:
………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………
Dated the …………………… day of ……………… 20…...
……………………..
Applicant
(1) Insert names of members.
(2) Identify film or part thereof.

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FORM D
DECISION OF THE BOARD OF FILM CENSORS ON AN
APPEAL AGAINST THE DECISION OF A CENSORSHIP
COMMITTEE TO APPEAL A FILM
No. …………………….
The appeal of …………………………., of ………………….
against the decision of a censorship committee consisting of
(1) …………………….. dated ………… the ………….. day of
……………….. 20……… having been inquired into, the Board
of Censors hereby dismisses the said appeal/* allows the said
appeal and permission to exhibit (2) ……………………………
is hereby granted */ refusal.
Dated the ........................day of............................20................
..............................................
Chairman of the Board of
Film Censors
(1) Insert names of Members.
(2) Identify film or part thereof.
(*) Strike out words which are inapplicable.
FORM E
APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO DISPLAY OR
DISTRIBUTE POSTERS OR TRAILERS
No. of application: (1) ……………………
To the Secretary of the Board of Film Censors,
Georgetown.
I, ………………………………………of ……………………..
hereby apply for approval to display or distribute posters
relating to the film entitled (2)……………………………………
Dated the …………………….. day of ………………20……

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……………………….
Applicatant
(1) To be filled in by the Secretary.
(2) Insert title of film and alternative titles (if any).
FORM F
DECISION OF CENSORSHIP COMMITTEE ON AN
APPLICATION FOR THE APPROVAL OF A POSTER OR
TRAILER
No. ………………………….
On the application of…………………………………………
of……………………………………. the censorship committee
consisting of (1) …………………………………………………….
Has examined the poster*/poster* trailer*/trailers* relating to
the film entitled (2) …………………………. A copy*/copies* of
which is*/are* attached hereto, and permission to display or
distribute the said poster*/posters* trailer*/trailers* is*/are*
hereby granted*/refused*.
*The reason for the refusal are the following:
………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………
Dated the …………….. day of ………………… 20………
……..…………………………
Chairman of the Board of
Film Censors
(1) Insert names of members.
(2)Insert original title of film and alternative titles (if any)
(*) Strike out words which are inapplicable.

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FORM G
APPEAL TO THE BOARD OF FILM CENSOR AGAINST THE
DECISION OF A CENSORSHIP COMMITTEE TO APPROVE
A POSTER OR TRAILER
To the Secretary of the Board of Censor,
Georgetown.
Whereas I am aggrieved by the refusal of a censorship
committee consisting of (1)………………………………………..
to approve the poster*/posters* trailer*/trailers* relating to the
film entitled …………………………………….. a copy*/copies*
of which is*/are* attached thereto, I hereby appeal against
such refusal.
2. The reason of the refusal of the censorship committee,
as recorded in the decision dated ………………….. 20……., are
the following:-
………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………………....
3. My grounds of the appeal are the following:-
……...…………………………………………………………………
………..………………………………………………...................
Dated the …………… day of ………………. 20…………..
……………………
Appellant



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(1) Insert names of members.
(*) Strike out words which are inapplicable.
FORM H
DECISION OF THE BOARD OF FILM CENSOR ON AN
APPEAL AGAINST THE DECISION OF A CENSORSHIP
COMMITTEE TO APROVE A POSTER OR TRAILER
No. ……………………………
The appeal of ………………………… of …………………
…………………………… against the decision of a censorship
committee consisting of (1) ……………………………………….
dated the …………....... day of …………………………
20……......under No. …………....... to approve poster*/posters*
trailer*/trailers* relating to the film entitled (2)
……………………………………………. having been inquired
into, the Board of Censors hereby dismisses the said appeal*/
allows the said appeal and permission to display or distribute
the said poster*/posters* trailer*/trailers* is/are hereby
granted/ refused.
Dated the ………………….. day of ……………….20……...
………….………………
Chairman of Board of
Film
Censor
(1) Insert names of members.
(2) Identify film or part thereof.
(*) Strike out words which are inapplicable.

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CINEMATORGRAPH REGULATIONS
ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
REGULATION
1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.

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REGULATION
PART I
3. Seating and exits.
4. Sites.
5. Duties of staff in relation to the safety of the
audience.
6. Fire appliances.
7. Dry rising mains.
8. Smoking.
9. Inflammable articles.
REGULATIONS APPLYING TO ALL CLASSES OF BUILDINGS
10. (1) Enclosures.
(2) Regulations applying only to specified classes of
buildings.
11-14. Projecting apparatus and films.
15. Removal of cinematograph film to vault on the
conclusion of the last exhibition on every day.
16. Rewinding room.
17. Amount of inflammable cement which may be kept in
the rewinding room.
18. Waste and scrap cellulose nitrate products.
19-20. Lighting and electrical installation.
21. (a) Conditions for use of illuminants.
(b) Limelight.
(c) Certificated of Government Electrician and
Government Analyst.
22. Exhibition of regulations.
23. Buildings occasionally used.
PART II
24. Portable projectors.
25. Reserved space.
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26-28. Projectors and films.
29. Electric circuits for the projector.
30. Exhibition of regulations.
PART III
31. Licences.
32. Renewal of licence.
33. Power of licensing authority to direct an inspection
of premises of a cinematograph theatre.
34. Cinematograph theatre and studios not be
constructed of wood in certain area.
35. Inspection of Cinematograph theatres.
36. Plan to be attached to licence.
PART IV
37. Transport and Cinematograph film.
38. Cinematograph film, and waste or strap products,
not to be stored in Georgetown or New Amsterdam.
39. Construction and fitting of a vault or stored-room
for the storage of cinematograph film.
40. User of room for storage and rewinding of film.
41. Keeping of film on premises not being a theatre.
42. Cinematograph studio not permitted in Georgetown
or New Amsterdam.
43. Permission to carry on a cinematograph studio.
44. Warrant to remove cinematograph film where kept
in premises in contravention of these regulations.
PART V
45. Offences and penalties.

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Reg.
31/12/1928
20/8/1934
40/1945
26/1953
12/1956
19/1957
28/1958
Citation.

Interpretation.
APPENDIX—Regulations applicable to all cylinders.
_______________________________
CINEMATOGRAPH REGULATIONS
deemed to be made under section 10*
1. These Regulations may be cited as the
Cinematograph and Video Regulations.
2. In these Regulation—
”building” includes any booth, tent or similar structure;
“cinematograph exhibition” means—
(a) any exhibition to which the Act
applies; and
(b) any public exhibition in any
cinematograph theatre in respect of
which a licnece is required under the
Music and Dancing Licensing Act;
“cinematograph theatre” means any premises licensed under
section 11 of the Act;
“licensing authority” means the Board referred to in section 11
* Regulations 2 of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Regulations, 1945 (No. 40 of 1945) declared that
the regulations made on the 31st December, 1928, under the (repealed) Cinematograph Ordinance
(Cap. 105 of the 1929 Edition of the Laws), as amended by the Cinematograph Regulations, 1934,
should have effect as if made under the authority of the present Act.
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Seating and
exits.
[Reg.26/1953]
(2) or (20), as the case may be, of the Act;
“new building” means a building newly erected or adopted
after the date on which these regulations come into force
for the purpose of cinematograph or video exhibitions.
“video exhibition” means—
(a) any exhibition to which the Act
applies; and
(b) any public exhibition of any video
tape in any video centre.
PART I
3. (1)* No building shall be used for cinematograph
exhibition unless it is provided with sufficient and suitable
exists leading from each tier or floor to one or more
thoroughfares. Every exit shall be indicated in the manner
thereinafter prescribed and shall be so placed and maintained
as readily to afford the audience ample means of safe egress.
(2) The door of all exits shall be so constructed and
maintained as easily to open outwards on being pressed from
within.
(3) The seating in the building shall be so arranged
as not to interfere with free access to the exits.
* Regulation 7 of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Regulations (No. 26 of 1953) provides that this
paragraph shall not apply to any cinematograph theatre within a seating capacity of less than 100
persons where the Chief Fire Officer, in the case of Georgetown, or the officer in charge of the New
Amsterdam Fire Service Unit, in the case of New Amsterdam, is satisfied that such theatre is provided
with sufficient and adequate means of escape in the event of a fire.
In such cases the following paragraph applies instead-
“(a) No building shall be used for cinematograph exhibition unless it be provided with an
adequate number of exits clearly indicated and so placed and maintained as readily to afford the
audience ample means of safe egress.
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(4) The gateways with staircases, and the passage
leading to the exits, shall, during the presence of the public in
the building, be kept clear or obstructions. No person shall be
allowed to stand or sit in any of the gateways intersecting the
rows of seats, or in the space between the front row of seats
and the screen; and if standing be permitted (by the licensing
authority) in any other gateway or portion of the auditorium,
sufficient room shall be left to allow persons to pass easily to
and fro.
(5)* Gateways shall be provided intersecting the
seating so that the centre line of any seat shall not be more
than 12 feet form a gateway, measured along the line of
seating.
(6)* Every gateway shall not be less than 42 inches
wide.
(7)* No corridor or passage shall exceed the width
of any exit to which it leads by more than 15 per cent of the
width of such exit.
(8)* The floor of any corridor or passage within 5
feet of any stairway shall be level.
(9)* Every stairway or ramp which is more than 8
feet 6 inches in width and shall provided with a central
handrail. The uprights supporting each end of such handrail
shall extend to the ceiling.
(10)* Any exit normally used as such by members
* Regulation 7 of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Regulations (No. 26 of 1953) provides that this
paragraph shall not apply to any cinematograph theatre within a seating capacity of less than 100
persons where the Chief Fire Officer, in the case of Georgetown, or the officer in charge of the New
Amsterdam Fire Service Unit, in the case of New Amsterdam, is satisfied that such theatre is provided
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of the public shall be marked “EXIT” in red in block letters no
less than 7 inches high.
(11)* Every notice indicating an exit—
(a) shall be not less than 6 feet 9 inches
above floor level and directly above
the exit or door leading thereto;
(b) shall be illuminated by the safety
lighting service or by both main and
safety lighting service or
independently; and
(c) shall at all times be plainly visible
whether or not the main or safety
lighting service are in operation.
(12)* Where in the opinion of the licensing
authority, any doubt may arise as to the direction to any exit
whereby members of the public may be endangered, suitable
and sufficient notices shall be placed in such parts of the
theatre as the licensing authority may direct. Every such
notice shall consist of the words “TO EXIT” in block letters in
red with an arrow in red indicating the line of movement
towards the exit.
(13)* Every opening from the auditorium or foyers
which does not form a part of any exit shall be marked “NO
THOROUGHFERE” in block letters in black not less than 3
inches high on a white background bordered in red.
* Regulation 7 of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Regulations (No. 26 of 1953) provides that this
paragraph shall not apply to any cinematograph theatre within a seating capacity of less than 100
persons where the Chief Fire Officer, in the case of Georgetown, or the officer in charge of the New
Amsterdam Fire Service Unit, in the case of New Amsterdam, is satisfied that such theatre is provided
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Sites.
(14)* No locks, bolts, hasps, padlocks, chains or
other fastening, other than panic bolts, shall be attached to any
exit door, and all collapsible gates, grills, railings or sliding
shutters across any exit shall be locked in the open position
while the audience is in the building.
(15)* No door shall open immediately upon any
step or staircase, but every door shall open upon a landing or
platform at least 3 feet long. The width of every such landing
shall not be less than the width of the door.
(16)* Any floor, floor covering or treader used in
any part of the auditorium, gangways, exits or stairway shall
be maintained in good order.
(17)* No mirror or other article with a polished
surface capable of reflecting images shall be placed in or near
to any corridor, passage or exit.
3A. (1) No building shall be used as video centre or
video exhibition unless it is provided with an adequate
number of exits clearly indicated and so placed and
maintained as readily to afford the audience ample means of
safe egress.
(2) Every video centre shall be provided with
sufficient and adequate means of escape in the event of fire,
subject to the satisfaction of the Chief Fire Officer in the case of
Georgetown or the fire officer in charge of Fire Service Unit
elsewhere.
4. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this regulation,
* Regulation 7 of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Regulations (No. 26 of 1953) provides that this
paragraph shall not apply to any cinematograph theatre within a seating capacity of less than 100
persons where the Chief Fire Officer, in the case of Georgetown, or the officer in charge of the New
Amsterdam Fire Service Unit, in the case of New Amsterdam, is satisfied that such theatre is provided
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Duties of staff
in relation to
the safety of
the audience.
[Reg. 40/1945]
all cinematograph theatre in the City of Georgetown and the
Town of New Amsterdam shall abut upon twp or more
thoroughfares of adequate width to enable an audience to
disperse rapidly and to allow the approach of fire appliances.
Those parts of the building abutting on such thoroughfares
shall be of adequate length.
(2) Any such cinematograph theatre—
(a) which will not accommodate more
than 2,000 persons; and
(b) in which no public dancing, singing,
music or other similar public
entertainment takes place,
May abut upon one thoroughfare only where such
thoroughfare is not less than 40 feet wide and where suitable
and sufficient open paved passage-way free from any
obstructions leads to such thoroughfare. Every such passage-
way shall be not less than 8 feet wide.
(3) Every passage-way shall at all times be kept free
from any obstructions and shall be opened to the sky. Where
any such passage-way is less than 12 feet wide, it shall not be
overlooked by any windows of any adjoining premises at a
height of less than 12 feet.
5. (1) (a) In order to secure the safety of the
audience the licensee or some
responsible person nominated by him
in writing for the purpose shall be in
charge during the whole time of any
exhibition, and he shall be assisted by
a sufficient staff of attendants who
shall be specially instructed by the
licensee or such responsible person as
to their respective duties, in particular
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in relation to the carrying out of these
Regulations.
(b) Where at any exhibition the majority
of persons attending are under 14
years of age the number of attendants
required by the foregoing paragraph
shall be such as to enable them
effectively to control the movements
of the children whilst entering and
leaving the premises and during the
exhibition and to ensure the orderly
and safe clearance of the
cinematograph theatre or video centre
in case of emergency.
(c) All the attendants as aforesaid shall
remain on duty during the whole time
that the premises are open to the
public.
(2) (a) All persons responsible for or
employed in or in connection with the
exhibition shall take all due
precautions for the prevention of
accidents and shall abstain from any
act whatever which tends to cause fire
and is not reasonably necessary for the
purpose of the exhibition.
(b) The licensee or the person nominated
by him in writing as aforesaid shall
see that the operators any every other
person who may be called upon to
handle inflammable film within the
building for any purpose are fully
instructed as to the dangers arising
from the use of inflammable films, the
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Fire
appliances.

Dry rising
mains.
[Reg.26/ 1953]
precautions to be observed to prevent
risk of ignition and the steps to be
taken in the event of a film smoldering
or catching fire.
6. (1) Fire appliances suitable to the character of the
building and adequate to deal with an outbreak of fire shall be
provided and maintained in good working order. During the
exhibition such appliances shall be in the charge of some
person* specially nominated for that purpose who shall see
that they are kept constantly available for use.
(2) There shall always be within the enclosure
sufficient means of dealing with fire readily for use, and these
shall include the following, namely, a thick woolen blanket,
two buckets of water, and a bucket of dry sand. Before the
commencement of each exhibition the operator shall satisfy
himself that the fire appliances within the enclosure are ready
for use.
7.† (1) dry rising main of not less than 2 ½ inches in
diameter shall be provided in all cinematograph theatre in the
City of Georgetown and the Town of New Amsterdam to the
satisfaction of the Chief Fire Officer in the case of Georgetown
of the officer in charge of the New Amsterdam Fire Service
Unit, in the case of New Amsterdam. Such dry rising mains
shall be fitted with not more than three drencher heads for
each separate main the diameter of which shall be 2 ½ inches.
* It is not required that the person specially nominated should necessarily be employed exclusively in
taking charge of the fire appliances, but he must not be given other work during the exhibition which
should take him away from the building or otherwise prevent him from being immediately available
in case of danger or alarm of fire. † Regulation 7 of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Regulations (No. 26 of 1953) provides that this
paragraph shall not apply to any cinematograph theatre within a seating capacity of less than 100
persons where the Chief Fire Officer, in the case of Georgetown, or the officer in charge of the New
Amsterdam Fire Service Unit, in the case of New Amsterdam, is satisfied that such theatre is provided
with sufficient and adequate means of escape in the event of a fire.
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Smoking.

Inflammable
articles.

Enclosures.
[reg. 40/1945]
(2) Every enclosure, whether line with fire resistant
material or not, shall, where it forms a part of a cinematograph
theatre constructed of wood, have one dry rising main with
not less than three drencher heads so fixed and situated that
water under pressure can be delivered from street level
outside of the premises by pumps of the Guyana Fire Service.
(3) In any cinematograph theatre in which the stage
or scenery is use, a dry rising main as specified in paragraph
(2) shall be installed in such a manner as to enable water to be
delivered to the stage and scenery by the pumps of the
Guyana Fire Service.
8. No smoking shall at any time be permitted within
the barrier or enclosure, nor in the film room nor in any part
of the premises in which films are stored, wound, or repaired.
Notices stating that smoking is prohibited shall be kept posted
in the enclosure and film room any such part of the premises
as aforesaid.
9. No inflammable articles shall unnecessarily be
taken into, or allowed to remain in the enclosure, the film
room, or any part of the premises in which films are stored,
wound or repaired.
REGULATIONS APPLYING TO ALL CLASSES OF BUILDINGS
10. (1) (a) The projection apparatus shall be
placed in an enclosure or substantial
construction made of or lined
internally with fire-resisting material
and of sufficient dimensions to allow
the operators to work freely.
(b) All fitting and fixtures within the
enclosure other than the frames of
outside windows shall be constructed
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of or covered with fire-resisting
material.
The entrance to the enclosure shall be suitably placed and
fitted with a self-closing self-fitting door constructed of fire-
resisting material which shall be kept closed during
exhibition.
For the purpose of this regulation the expression “fire-
resisting material” includes teak or oak not less than two
inches thick.
(c) The opening through which the
necessary pipes and cables pass into
the enclosure shall be efficiently
sealed bushed as the case may be.
(d) The opening in the front face of the
enclosure shall be covered with glass
and not be larger than necessary for
effective projection and observation.
Each opening shall be fitted with a screen or fire-resisting
material, which can be released from both the inside and the
outside of the enclosure so that it automatically closes with a
close-fitting joint. The screens shall be so constructed and
arrange that they can all be released simultaneously from the
operating position near any of the projectors.
The opening shall not exceed two for each projecting
apparatus; and not more than two of the openings shall be left
unscreened at any one time notwithstanding that there are
two or more lanterns in the enclosure unless a control is
provided by which all the screens can be released
simultaneously from both the inside and the outside of the
enclosure.
(e) The door of the enclosure and all
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openings, bushes and joints shall be so
constructed and maintained as to
prevent, so far as possible, the escape
of any smoke into the auditorium or
any part of the building to which the
public are admitted.
(f) Adequate means of ventilation shall
be provided with sufficient inlets and
outlets so as to ensure a constant
supply of fresh air. The inlets and
outlets shall communicate directly
with the outside of the building and
shall be so arranged as not to expose
the operator to a direct draught.
(g) If the enclosure is inside the
auditorium, either a suitable barrier
shall be placed round the enclosure at
a distance of not less than two feet
from it, or other effectual means shall
be taken to prevent the public from
coming into contact with the
enclosure:
Provided that this requirement shall not apply where the
enclosure is of permanent construction and is not entered
from the auditorium.
(h) The enclosure shall be in charge of a
competent operator over 18 years of
age, who shall be present in the
enclosure during the whole time that
the apparatus is in use. This shall not
prevent the operator leaving the
enclosure for a short period in case of
need provided that a competent
assistant over 16 years of age is left in
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Regulations
applying only
to specified
classes of
buildings.

Projecting
apparatus and
films.
charge and the operator remains
within immediate call.
(i) No unauthorized person shall go into
the enclosure or be allowed to be
within the barrier.
(2) In the case of buildings used habitually for
cinematograph exhibitions the enclosure shall be outside the
auditorium; and in the case of permanent building used
habitually as aforesaid the enclosure shall also be permanent:
Provided that if the licensing authority is of opinion that,
in the case of an existing building, compliance with either or
both of the requirements in the preceding paragraph is
impracticable or in the circumstances unnecessary for securing
safety, the requirement or requirements shall not apply.
In any new building where the enclosure is permanent
the enclosure shall also comply with the following
requirements:
(a) a window or skylight shall be
provided;
(b) the entrance shall be from the open
air;
(c) alternative means of egress shall be
provided unless the licensing
authority is satisfied that compliance
with this requirement is impracticable.
11. (1) The projecting apparatus shall be placed on
firm supports constructed of fire-resisting material.
(2) Every lantern shall be fitted with metal shutter
which can readily be inserted by hand between the source of
light and the film gate, and every projector shall be fitted with
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Removal of
cinematograph
film to vault
a metal shutter so arranged as automatically to cut off the
film-gate from the source of light when the projector stops.
(3) The construction of the film gate shall be
substantial and such as to afford ample heat-radiating surface.
The passage for the film shall be sufficiently narrow to prevent
flames travelling upwards or downwards from the light-
opening.
12. (1) Projectors shall be fitted with two metal boxes
of substantial construction to and from which the film shall be
made to travel, unless both the film spools are contained in a
metal chamber of substantial construction under the projector.
There shall not be more than 2,000 feet of film in either of the
two metal boxes.
(2) The film boxes or chambers shall be made to
close in such a manner, and shall be filled with film shots so
constructed, as to prevent the passage of flame to the interior
of the box or chamber, and they shall remain so closed during
the whole time that projection is taking place.
13. Take-up spools shall be mechanically driven and
films shall be wound upon spools so that the wound shall not
at any time reach or project beyond the edge of the flanges of
the spool.
14. (1) During the exhibition all films when not in use
shall be kept in closed metal boxes of substantial construction.
When in the enclosure not more than six spools shall be kept
in one box at the same time.
(2) Not more than 12 spools or 2,000 feet of film
altogether shall be kept in the enclosure and the rewinding
room at the same time.
15. (1) All cinematograph films, upon the conclusion
of the last exhibition on each and every day, be forthwith
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on the
conclusion of
the last
exhibition on
every day.
[Reg. 4 1955]

Rewinding
room.
[Reg.26/ 1953]
Amount of
inflammable
remove from the cinematograph theatre and store in a vault
which complies with regulation 39.
(2) No such vault, if situated within the limits of
the City of Georgetown or the town of New Amsterdam, shall
be used for any purpose other than storing cinematograph
film removed under paragraph (1) of this regulation or waste
or scrap cellulose nitrate products removed from the theatre
under regulation 18(1).
16. (1) A separate room shall be provided for the
rewinding and repairing of films, which shall be constructed
throughout of, or lined internally with, fire-resisting material.
(2) All fittings and fixtures within the rewinding
room shall be constructed of, or covered with, fire-resisting
materials, and the entrance shall be provided with a self-
closing close-fitting door or fire resisting material which hall
not communicate directly with the auditorium or any part of
the building to which the public are admitted. If there is any
communicating doorway or other opening between the
enclosure and the rewinding room it shall also be provided
with a door or shutter of fire-resisting material.
For the purpose of this regulation the expression “fire-
resisting material” includes teak or oak not less than 2 inches
thick.
(3) The rewinding room shall be provided with
adequate means of ventilation, with sufficient inlets and
outlets so as to ensure a constant supply of fresh air. The inlets
and outlets shall communicate directly with the outside of the
building.
(4) Alternative means of egress shall be provided
other than through the enclosures.
17. (1) The amount of inflammable cement which may
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cement which
may be kept in
the rewinding
room.
[Reg. 40/1945]

Waste and
scrap cellulose
nitrate
products.
[Reg. 40/1945.


Lighting and
electrical
installation.
[Reg. 19/1957]
be kept at any one time in the rewinding room of a
cinematograph theatre shall not exceed two ounces of each
person engaged in assembling or repairing cellulose nitrate
products therein.
(2) In this regulation, the expression “inflammable
cement” means any compound of collodium or any amyl
acetate and includes any other similar inflammable substance.
18. (1) All waste and scraps cellulose nitrate products
on any premises licensed under section 11 of the Act shall be
kept under water in self-closing, standard metal waste cans or
their equivalent, and removed from such premises at least
once a day to a safe location and thereafter destroyed.
(2) Any such waste or scrap products shall be kept
separate and apart from paper waste or other rubbish.
(3) No clipping, chips or waste shall be burnt
within 200 feet of any building.
19. (1) Where the general lighting of the premises can
be controlled within the enclosure, there shall also be separate
and independent means of control outside of and away from
the enclosure.
(2) The auditorium and exit therefrom t the outside
of the building and all parts of the building to which the
public is admitted shall throughout be adequately illuminated*
illuminated* by electricity during the whole time the public is
present. The lighting for this purpose (thereinafter referred to
as safety lighting) shall not be controllable from the enclosure
and electricity for safety lighting shall not be derived from the
same source as electricity from general lighting. Each exit or
entrance light or group of lights must be independently fused
on a main fuse cabinet. Auditorium lights which are classify as
* By adequate illumination it is meant that there should be such a degree of light as to enable the
spectator to see their way out.
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safety lighting shall be fed from the same fuse cabinet as the
exit lights, and shall be wired that independently fused
circuits shall supply adequate lighting (to the satisfaction to
the licensing authority) to the different parts of the
auditorium, for example, pit, dress circle, balcony and
stairways.
(3) Where the seating capacity of the building
exceeds 100 (one hundred) an additional emergency safety
system shall be provided. The lighting for this purpose shall
be derived from a floating battery of a accumulator capable of
supplying adequate illumination to the interior and exterior of
the building to allow persons to leave the premises, and the
following requirements shall be observed—
(a) the floating battery shall be fully
charged before the public is first
admitted on any day;
(b) the capacity of the battery shall be
sufficient to supply at normal voltage
the load which will be connected
thereto for not less than 2 hours;
(c) the rate of charging of the battery shall
be so regulated and adjusted as to
ensure that the battery does not
discharge under normal conditions;
(d) any appliance used for charging the
emergency safety lighting system
battery shall be so constructed as to
ensure that there is not direct
connection with the source of supply;
(e) any converting or rectifying apparatus
for the charging of supply to the
battery shall be for that purpose only;
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(f) where charging arrangement permits
a reversal of current, controlling
switchgear capable automatically of
disconnecting the battery from the
source of supply, in case of failure of
supply, shall be provided on each day
before the public is admitted to the
premises shall be tested by a
competent person, the test to include
disconnection of the source of supply
and observation on the consequent
automatic operation of the controlling
switchgear. If the controlling
switchgear becomes inoperative the
next succeeding subparagraph shall
apply as if a failure of the source of
supply had occurred; and
(g) a suitable visual or audible signal
operating in the projection room shall
be arranged to indicate a failure of the
source from which the battery is
charged;
(h) an automatic quick acting mains
failure switch shall be installed
capable of connecting the emergency
safety lighting system to the battery in
case of failure of supply to the safety
lighting system;
(i) the rated capacity of such switch shall
not be less than fifty per cent in excess
of the maximum current demanded
by the emergency safety lighting
system;
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electrical
installation.
[Reg. 40/1945]
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(j) the location of the battery together
with its subsidiary equipment shall be
in a room approved of by the
licensing authority.
(4) In the event of failure of the general and safety
lighting the public shall be required to leave the premises if
normal lighting is not restored within one hour.
20. Where electrical energy is used for lighting or
other purposes within the building the following
requirements shall be observed:
(a) except as otherwise provided in these
Regulations, the installation generally
shall be in accordance with any
regulations for the time being in force
made under the Electrical Lighting
Act;
(b) the main supply fuses and switches
shall not be accessible to the public.
They shall be located where there is
no risk of fire resulting there from;
(c) a separate circuit shall be taken from
the source of supply for the projector
circuit so that no accident to this
circuit can affect the general lighting;
this circuit shall be separately fused;
(d) each of the main circuits shall be
separately protected by an efficient
linked switch and by a fuse on each
pole;
(e) the general wiring of the building
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shall be protected by metal conduit
machinery and electrically continuous
or by hardwood casings, except as
regards any necessary flexible
conductors such as may be required
for pendant lamps or movable fittings.
The Government electrical inspector
may, however, after an inspecting of
the premises give special authority in
writing for the use of wiring under
regulation 8 of the Electric Installation
Regulations. He shall file a copy of the
authority among the records of his
department, and shall be send a copy
thereof to the licensing authority;
(f) all fuses and distribution boards shall
be of completely protected type of
constructed that the fuse holders can
be handled for removal of the fuse
wires without risk of touching live
metal;
(g) portable lamps for the orchestra or
similar lighting shall be connected to a
separate circuit or circuits from the
distribution fuse boards;
(h) the electrical installation shall be in
charge of a person who is a holder of a
valid certificate of competency issued
free of charge by the Government
Electrical Inspector. No such
certificate shall be issued unless the
Government Electrical Inspector is
satisfied that the person to whom the
certificate relates has a practical
knowledge of electrical circuits and a
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use of
illuminants.
[Reg.20/8/1938
40/1945]
clear appreciation of electrical fire
hazards;
(i) the competent person shall satisfy
himself before the commencement of
each performance that the electrical
apparatus, including the projector
circuits, is in proper working order;
(j) the Government Electrical Inspector or
such other duly qualified officer as
may be appointed by him shall at all
times have access to the installation
for the purpose of inspection.
21. No illuminant other than electrical light, or
limelight, shall be used within the lantern and the following
conditions shall be observed:
(a) (i) All cables and wires for the
projector circuit within and
without the enclosure shall be
heavily insulated and any
necessary slack cables within
the enclosure shall be heavily
covered with asbestos.
For permanent enclosures installed after the date of these
Regulations, the cables and wires except as regards any
necessary slack cables shall, unless armored, be further
protected by heavy gauge screwed metal conduit efficiently
bonded and earthed. The conduit and fittings shall be bushed
where necessary to prevent abrasion of the insulation
material.
For temporary enclosure the cables and wires shall be
secured by insulation cleats. Within the enclosure they shall be
heavily protected by asbestos and without the enclosure they
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shall be protected by casing in all positions where they are
liable to damage.
(ii) An efficient double-pole main
switch shall be fixed within the
enclosure whereby all pressure
may be cut off from the
projector circuit or circuits
within the enclosure, and where
the lantern is earthed an
additional double-pole switch
shall be fixed for each arc lamp
so that the pressure may be cut
off whilst re-carboning is taking
place.
(iii) Where two or more projectors
are installed and a change-over
switch is required, it shall,
unless it be a double-pole
switch having a secure “off”
position, be in addition to and
not in substitution for the above
main switch.
(iv) All live parts of apparatus
within five feet of a projector
shall be shield so that they
cannot be accidentally touched.
The covers of enclosed switches
shall be of metal and, with the
exception of change-over
switches, shall be so
constructed that the switch
handle does not work through
an open slot. Where live metal
is exposed so that I may be
touched, the floor within a
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radius of three feet from a point
immediately below the live
metal shall be covered with
insulating material.
(v) Within the enclosure the
pressure of the supply between
any two conductors or between
any conductor and earth shall
not at any time exceed 250 volts
or 125 volts alternating for the
projector circuit.
Where the supply of alternating current is at a higher
pressure, the pressure shall reduced by means of a double-
wound transformer.
In the case of a stand-by or temporary supply from across
the outer conductors of a direct current 3-wire system
exceeding 250 volts, the projector circuit shall be taken as a
shunt apart across part of a resistance connected across the
outer conductors of the supply so that the pressure within the
enclosure shall not at any time exceed 250 volts.
(vi) The projector motor circuit shall
be controlled by a double-pole
switch or hand-shield plug. The
motor starter and its resistance
may be within the enclosure,
but these and all other parts of
the circuit shall be protected so
that no live metal can be
inadvertently touched.
(vii) Fuses shall be protected by
enclosure on covers or cabinets
against scattering of hot metal
and shall be mounted in carrier
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or holder, so constructed that
the hand cannot inadvertently
touch live metal and that the
hand is protected from the flesh
should a fuse blow on the
insertion of the carrier in the
contacts.
(viii) The lamp or lamps from
lighting the enclosure and the
rewinding room shall not be
connected to the safety lighting.
(ix) All metal works liable to
become accidentally charged
including the projecting
apparatus shall be efficiently
connected with earth, that is to
say, it shall be connected with
the general mass of earth in
such a manner as will ensure at
all times an immediate and safe
discharge the electrical energy.
(x) The arc lamp adjusting handles
shall be made in insulating
material and shall be so
constructed and arranged that
the hand cannot inadvertently
touch live material.
(xi) An ammeter shall be provided
in the projector circuit within
the enclosure.
(xii) Resistance shall be so
constructed and maintained
that no coil or other part shall at
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any time become unduly
heated*.
The framework, supports and enclosure of resistance
shall be entirely of fire-resisting material.
Resistances shall not be attached to woodwork and shall
as far as possible be kept away from any woodwork. All
woodwork shall, where necessary, be effectively protected
against over-heating.
The terminal of the resistances and the connecting cables
shall not be placed above the resistance elements.
Resistances, placed where they are liable to be
accidentally touched shall be efficiently guarded.
(xiii) Resistances, in which more than
two kilowatts are dissipated,
shall be placed outside the
enclosure and in a room or
place other than the rewinding
room accessible only to the
technical staff. Adequate
precautions shall be taken
against fire resulting therefrom.
If within the building, the room
or place shall not communicate
directly with the auditorium. It
shall be well ventilated by
ample inlets and outlets
connecting directly with the
outside air.
Switches suitably placed shall be provided by means of
which the pressure may be cut off from the resistances.
* e.g. they should not become so heated that a piece of newspaper place in contact with any part of the
resistance would readily ignite.
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Limelight.

Certificated of
Government
Electrician and
Government
Analyst.

(xiv) (A) The motor generators or
the electrical generating
plant as the case may be,
and the main switchgear
shall be in a fire-resisting
room or rooms which
may also contain the
main resistances and the
main supply fuses and
switches. This room shall
be well ventilated and
shall not communicate
directly with the
auditorium or any part of
the building to which the
public are admitted.
(b) The tubing shall be of sufficient
strength to resist the pressure form
without and shall be properly
connected up.
Cylinders containing gas under pressure shall be
constructed, tested and filled in conformity with the
requirements set out in the Appendix hereto.
(c) An exhibition shall not be given
unless a certificate signed by the
Government Electrical Inspector in the
case of Electric Light Installation and
the Government Analysis in the case
of Limelight Installing has been first
produced to the Commissioner of
Police by the licensee. These
certificated shall be forced for one
year only.
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Exhibition of
regulations.
Buildings
occasionally
used.
Portable
projectors.

Reserved
space.
22. The licensee shall see that copies of these
Regulations exhibited in the enclosure and is easily accessible
to the operators.
23. Where a building is used only occasionally for the
purpose of a cinematograph exhibition, the provisions of the
following regulations shall not apply unless specially imposed
and notify as condition by the licensing authority.
Regulation 3(2), 14(2), and 20 (excepting paragraph (c),
(h) and (i) in so far as they relate to the projector circuits) but
the following requirements shall be complied with, namely—
(a) the door of all exits shall be arrange to
meet any requirements of the
licensing authority;
(b) the film boxes fitted to the projector
shall not exceed 14 inches in diameter
inside measurement;
(c) not more than three spools altogether
shall be kept in the enclosure at any
one time.
PART II
24. Where a portable self-contained projector is used,
regulations 3(2), 6(1), 8-16 (inclusive) and 20-23 (except 23 (a)
(inclusive) shall not apply provided the regulations 2, 3(1), (3),
(4), 5, 6 (2) with the substitution of the words “reserved space”
for the word “enclosure”), 23 (a) (whether or not the building
is only occasionally used) and 25-36 (inclusive) are complied
with.
25. (1) If the projector is erected in any part of the
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Projectors and
films.
auditorium or any place to which the public have access,
effectual means shall be taken, whether by the erection by a
suitable barrier or otherwise, to maintain round the projector a
clear space of at least three feet, hereinafter referred to as “the
reserved space”.
(2) No unauthorized persons shall be allowed
within the reserved space.
(3) No smoking shall at any time be permitted
within the reserved space.
(4) No inflammable article shall unnecessarily be
taken into or allow to remain in the reserved space.
26. The projector shall be placed on a firm support and
shall be kept clear of the access of any exit.
27. (1) The projector and the illuminant shall be
entirely enclosed in a casing of fire-resisting material except
for such opening as are necessary for effective manipulation
and ventilation.
(2) Any electric wiring or terminals fitted within
the casing shall be so placed that it shall be impossible for
films in use in the project to come in contact with them.
(3) Each electric circuit on the projector shall be
fitted with a separate switch controlled from outside the
casing, and so placed as to b within reach of the operator
when standing at the projector.
(4) No illuminant other than electric light in
hermitically sealed lamps shall be used within the projector,
and the illuminant shall be separately encased in such a way a
to prevent contact with the film.
(5) The heat of the illuminant ant its position in
relation to the optical system shall be such that it is impossible
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Electric circuits
for the
projector.
[Reg. 40/1945]
for the rays of light to ignite stationary film.*
28. (1) The projector shall be fitted with film-boxes of
fire-resisting materials, which shall be made to close in such a
manner and (where ribbon film is employed) shall be fitted
with film-slots so constructed as to prevent the passage of
flames to the interior of the box.
(2) The film-boxes shall not be capable of carrying
films of more than 10 inches in diameter and shall be so
constructed as to be easily detachable from the apparatus.
(3) All films shall be contained in film-boxes, which
shall be attached to or removed from the projector without
being opened, so that no time shall a film be exposed except
the portion necessary for threading up.
(4) During the exhibition not more than three film-
boxes (including the two actually attached to the projector)
shall be in the auditorium at any one time. If further film-
boxes are required, they shall be kept in closed metal boxes
outside the auditorium, and, if in the building, in a place
approved by the licensing authority.
29. (1) All electric conductors shall be of adequate size
for the current they have to carry (in accordance with standard
cable carrying specification tables set out in regulations
published by the Institute of Electrical Engineers, England)
and shall be efficiently covered with insulating material and
shall be either (a) placed out reach of persons in the
auditorium or where they are not liable to damage, or be
protected against injury by suitable casings.
(2) resistances shall be made entirely of fire-
resisting material, and shall be so constructed and maintained
* This requirement will be considered as met if a film stationary in a film-gate fails to ignite within a
period of e minutes.
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that no coil or other part at any time shall become unduly
heated.* If inside the auditorium, they shall be adequately
protected by a wired guard or other efficient means of
preventing accidental contact, and shall not be placed with
reached of persons in the audience.
(3) The operator shall satisfy himself before the
commencement of each performance that all cables, leads,
connections, resistances and fuses are in proper working
order. The resistance, if not under constant observation, shall
be inspected at least once during each performance. If any
fault is detected, current shall be immediately switched off,
and shall remain switched off until the fault has been
remedied.
(4) The projector circuit shall be independently
protected by a double-pole switch and fuses properly enclosed
and placed near the source of supply or the point of
connection with general lighting supply, as the case may be:
Provided that where the current does not exceed five
amperes and the connection of the projector circuit to the
general lighting supply is made by means of a connector as
described in paragraph (5) below such a connector may be
used in substitution for a double-pole switch.
(5) Where the projector circuit is connected to the
general lighting supply, it shall be connected only at a point
where the wires of the general lighting supply are of ample
size for the current size they may have to carry, and the
connections shall be either by (a) securely made joints or
connection, or (b) a properly constructed wall type constructer
of hand shield type. It shall not be connected to any lighting
fitting, or by mean of an “adopter” to a lampholder.
* e.g. they should not become so heated that a piece of newspaper place in contact with any part of the
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Exhibition of
regulations.

Licences.
[Reg.40/1945]

Renewal of
licence.
[Reg.40/1945]

Power of
licensing
authority to
direct an
inspection of
premises of a
cinematograph
theatre.
[Reg.40/1945]
30. A copy of so much of these Regulations as applies
when a portable projector is used shall be exhibited in any
room or place in which a portable projector is used for the
purposes of an exhibition.
PART III
31. Subject to regulation 35, every licence granted
under the Act, shall contain a clause providing for its
suspension by the licensing authority in the event of any
failure on the part of the licensee to carry out these
Regulations or of the building becoming otherwise unsafe, or
of any material alteration being made in the building or the
enclosure without the consent of the licensing authority.
32. No application under section 11 or section 11A of
the Act for the renewal of a licence of premises shall be
granted unless the applicant produces to the licensing
authority a certificate by a qualified engineer that, from an
inspection of such premises made by him no more than one
month the application for renewal is made, such premises are
in his opinion in a safe condition to be used as a
cinematograph theatre or video centre for a period of not less
than 12 months from the date of the certificate.
33. (1) Where licensing authority has reason to believe
that any cinematograph theatre or video centre is not in a safe
condition to be used as such, the licensing authority may
request any duly qualified engineered to inspect the theatre or
video centre and report to the authority whether or not the
theatre is in a safe condition to be used as such. The cost of the
inspection and report shall be defrayed out of monies
provided by Parliament.
(2) Where the engineer reports to the licensing
authority that the theatre is not in a safe condition to be used
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Cinemato-
graph theatre
and studios
not be
constructed of
wood in
certain area.
[Reg.40/1945]
Inspection of
Cinemato-
graph theatres.
[Reg.12/1956]
as cinematograph theatre, the licensing authority may revoke
the licence of the theatre or order that the licensee effect the
repairs and alterations to the theatre as specified in the order
within the time limited in the order or within such extended
time as may be approved by the licensing authority and if
such order is not complied with the licensing authority shall
revoke the licence.
34. The Minister may, by notice published in the
Gazette, direct that not building constructed or to be
constructed of wood shall be used in any area specified in the
notice, as a cinematograph theatre or as a cinematograph
studio.
35. (1) Every building used as a cinematograph theatre
with a seating capacity with over 100 persons and licensed
under section 11 of the Act shall be inspected at least once in
every year by the following persons:
(a) the Chief Fire Officer;
(b) the Chief Works and Hydraulic
Officer, or where the cinematograph
theatre is situated within the City of
Georgetown, the City Engineer; and
(c) The proper authority in control of
matters relating to public health and
sanitation in the district in which the
cinematograph theatre is situated.
(2) The fees herein after prescribed shall be paid by the
licensees in respect of inspections made under paragraph (1):
(a) in respect of any inspection made by
the Chief Fire Officer
……………………………………. 15.00.
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(b) in respect of any inspecting made by
the Chief Works and Hydraulics
Officer or the City Engineer—
(i) in cases where a survey of the
premises is necessary and
calculations have to be made as
to its strength so that the person
inspecting can certify it safe for
a load exerted by any given
number of
people……….…………….35.00.
(ii) In respect of any subsequent
inspection of the premises
where a further survey is not
required……………….….15.00.
(c) In respect of any inspection made
under paragraph (1) (c)
…………..…………………………15.00.
Provided that—
(i) if more than one inspection is
made of any building in any
year under paragraph (1)(b) or
(c) the prescribed fees shall be
payable in respect of the first
such inspection only;
(ii) in all cases where the premises
to be inspected are outside the
city of Georgetown, mileage
and subsistence allowances at
the rate laid down for
government officers shall be
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Plan to be
attached to
licence.
[Reg.40/1945]
paid in addition to the
prescribed fees.
(3) In the regulation—
“the Chief Fire Officer” includes any fit or proper person
authorized in writing by the Chief Fire Officer to inspect
premises for the purpose of these Regulations;
“the Chief Works and Hydraulics Officer” includes any fit and
proper person authorized in writing by the Chief Works
and Hydraulics Officer to inspect premises for the
purposes of these Regulations;
“the City Engineer” include the assistant City Engineer; and
“the proper authority” specified in paragraph (1) (c) includes
any fit or proper person authorized by that authority to
inspect premises for the purposes of the Regulations.
(4) The provisions of this regulation shall apply in
respect of every new building used as a video centre and
licensed under section 11A of the Act.
36. Where a license has been granted under the Act in
respect of a movable building, a plan and description of the
building, certified with the approval of the licensing authority
shall be attached to the license. Such a license may provide
that any of the conditions or restrictions contained therein
may be modified either by the licensing authority or by the
licensing authority for the district where any exhibition is
about to be given. The license and plan and description or an
of them shall be produced on demand to any police constable
or to any person authorized by the licensing authority, or by
the authority in whose district the building is being, or is
about to be, used for the purpose of an exhibition.

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Transport and
Cinemato-
graph film.
[Reg.40/1945]
Cinemato-
graph film,
and waste or
strap products,
not to be
stored in
Georgetown or
New
Amsterdam.
[Reg.40/1945
28/1958]
Construction
and fitting of a
vault or
stored-room
for the storage
of
cinematograph
film.
[Reg.40/1945]
PART IV
37. No. cinematograph film shall be transported
except in a metal container with a close-fitting lid.
38. (1) No cinematograph film, and no waste or scrap
cellulose nitrate products, shall be stored within the limits of
the City of Georgetown or the Town of New Amsterdam
except in the case of non-flammable film, provided the metal
container in which it is kept is legibly marked on any two
sides “Safety film”.
(2) This regulation shall not apply to
cinematograph film removed from a cinematograph theatre
under regulation 15(1), or to waste or scrap cellulose nitrate
products removed from any such theatre under regulation
18(1).
(3) Anyone who, by falsely marking or knowing it
to falsely marked, stores a container of inflammable film
within the limits of the city of Georgetown or the Town of
New Amsterdam in a manner not provided for in the
regulations, shall be guilty of an offence.
(4) For the purpose of this regulation the
expression “non-flammable film” means film which is made
of acetate or other materials used in the making of safety film.
39. (1) Every vault or storeroom for the storage of
cinematograph film, or of waste or scrap cellulose nitrate
products, shall be constructed of fire-resistant material in such
a manner as to prevent, a as far as is reasonably practicably—
(a) any fire occurring in the vault from
spreading to other premises; and
(b) any fire occurring outside the vault
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User of room
for storage and
rewinding of
film.
[Reg.40/1945]
from reaching the contents thereof.
(2) The vault or store should be properly ventilated
(3) The fittings of the vault or storeroom shall, as
far as is practicable, be of non-flammable or fire-resistant
material.
(4) Adequate means of extinguishing fire shall be
provided.
(5) If electric light is used, all conductors and
apparatus shall be so constructed, installed, protected, worked
and maintained as to prevent danger. The lights shall have
vapor-proof globes, properly guarded.
(6) The doors of the vault or storeroom shall be
self-closing, and shall, except in the case of sliding doors, be so
constructed as to open outwards.
(7) No vault or storeroom shall be used for the
purpose of the storage of cinematograph film or scrap
cellulose nitrate products unless it has be constructed to the
satisfaction of the Chief Works and Hydraulics Officer and on
a site approved by the Minister.
40. Where a room is used for cinematograph films and
of waste or scrap cellulose nitrate products, or in premises not
be a cinematograph theatre, for the examination, cleaning,
packing, rewinding or repair of film, the following provisions
shall apply:
(a) the room shall be used for no other
purpose;
(b) adequate means for extinguishing fire,
having regard to the amount of film
on the premises, shall be kept
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constantly provided and readily
available;
(c) no open light or fire will be allowed;
(d) the amount of inflammable cement, as
defined in regulation 18, which may
be kept in the room for examination,
cleaning, packing, rewinding or repair
of film, shall not exceed 2 ounces for
each person engaged in assembling or
repairing cellulose nitrate products;
(e) the room shall be properly ventilated;
(f) the furniture and apparatus shall be so
arranged as to afford free egress to
persons in the room in event of fire;
(g) the doors shall be kept securely
locked, except when articles are being
placed therein or removed therefrom;
(h) no person shall smoke in, or takes
matches into, the room;
(i) where the room is used for the storage
of cinematograph film or of scrap
cellulose nitrate products, it shall be
clearly marked “film”;
(j) in any room under paragraph (i) there
shall not be stored more than one ton
of cinematograph film;
Provided that where the store room is divided into
separate compartments by separate fire-resisting petitions
without any openings therein, each such compartments may,
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film on
premises not
being a
theatre.
[Reg.40/1945]
for the purpose of this sub-regulations, be regarded to
separate vault or storeroom;
(k) all waste and scrap cellulose nitrate
products shall be collect at frequent
intervals and placed either in a fire-
resistant storeroom, or in a strong
metal receptacle fitted with hinged lid
and marked “Film waste”;
(l) there shall be kept posted up in large
characters in the room—
(i) a printed copy of regulation 37
to 40 (inclusive);
(ii) full instruction as to the action
to be taken in case of fire; and
(iii) full directions as to the means
of escape from the room in case
of fire.
41. Subject to regulation 38 and 39, the follow
provisions shall apply to cinematograph film (whether
processed or not), and to waste scrap cellulose nitrate
products in any premises not being the cinematograph
theatre:
(a) Except when actually being used or
manipulated, the film or the waste or
scrap products hall be kept , in a fire-
resisting receptacles which shall not
be used for any other purpose and
shall be plainly marked “Film”;
(b) Every reel of film shall, except when
required to be expose for the purpose
of the work carried on in a
cinematograph vault or storeroom, be
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Cinemato-
graph studio
not permitted
in Georgetown
or New
Amsterdam.
[Reg.40/1945]
Permission to
carry on a
cinematograph
studio.
[Reg.40/1945]
Warrant to
remove
cinematograph
film where
kept in
premises in
contravention
of these
regulations.
[Reg.40/1945]

kept in a separate and properly closed
metal box;
(c) Not more than 50 pounds of
cinematograph film may be exposed
at any one time in a cinematograph
vault or storeroom.
42. (1) No cinematograph studio shall be constructed
within the limits of the City of Georgetown of the Town of
New Amsterdam.
(2) No building, yard or other place within the
limits of the City of Georgetown or the Town of New
Amsterdam shall be used as a cinematograph studio.
43. (1) No person shall, except with the permission of
the Minister first had and obtained, carry on, or attempt to
carry on, a cinematograph studio in Guyana.
(2) The Minister may grant such permission subject
to such terms and conditions as he may think fit, and he may
at any time revoke such permission.
44. Where an officer of police has reason to believe
that any cinematograph film or video tape, whether processed
or not is stored, or kept in any premises in contravention of
any of the provisions of these Regulations the officer may lay
an information on oath to that effect before a magistrate, and
the magistrate may, if he thinks fit, issue a search warrant
under the Summary Jurisdiction Acts to search the premises
specified in the information for any such cinematograph film
or video tape, and grant authority to the officer of police to
remove such film to such location as is considered by such
officer to be safe.

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Offences and
penalties.
[Reg.40/1945]

Limelight.
PART V
45. Any owner of a cinematograph film apparatus or
video set, or any person in whose favor a licence in relation to
any premises has been granted under section 11 or section 11A
of the Act, or any occupier of any premises or any other, who
uses or permits his apparatus or video set to be used, or use to
permits his premises to be used, or acts, as the case may be, in
contravention of any of the provisions of these regulations
shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of one
thousand five hundred dollars except where the
contraventions is in respect of any of the provisions of
regulations 22 and 30 in which case the fine shall not exceed
seventy-five dollars.
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APPENDIX
1. The gas cylinders shall be tested and filled in
conformity with the following requirements:
Cylinders are compressed gas (oxygen, hydrogen, or coal
gas).
(a) lap-welded rought iron.—Greatest working pressure,
120 atmospheres, or 1,800 pounds. per square inch.
Stress due to working pressure not exceeding 6 ½ tons
per square inch.
Proof pressure in hydraulic test, after annealing, 224
atmospheres, or 3,360 lbs. per square inch.
Permanent stretch in hydraulics test not to exceed 10 per
cent of the elastic stretch.

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all cylinders.
(b) Lap-welded or seamless-seal—Greatest working
pressure, 120 atmospheres, or 1,800 lbs. per square inch.
Stress due to working pressure not to exceed 7 ½ tons per
square inch in lap-welded, or 8 tons per square inch per in
seamless, cylinders.
Carbon in steel not to exceed 0.25 per cent, or iron to be
less than 99 per cent.
Tenacity of steel not to be less than 26 or more than 33
tons per square inch. Ultimate elongation not less than 1.2
inched in 8 inches.
Test bar to be cut from finished annealed cylinder.
Proof pressure in hydraulics test, 224 atmosphere, or
3,360 per square inch.
Permanent stress showed by water jackets not to exceed
10 per cent of elastic stretch.
One cylinder in 50 to be subjected to a statical bending
test, and to stand crushing nearly flat between round Knife-
edge without cracking.
Cylinders to be marked with a rotation number a
manufacture’s or owner’s mark, and annealing mark with
date, a test mark with date. The marks to be permanent and
easily visible.
Testing to be repeated at least every two years and
annealing at least every four years.
A record to be kept of all tests.
Cylinders which failed in testing to be destroyed or
rendered useless.
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Hydrogen and coal gas cylinders to have left-handed
threads for attaching connections and to be painted red.
The compressing apparatus to have two pressure gauges,
and an atomic arrangement for preventing overcharging. The
compressing apparatus for oxygen to be wholly distinct and
unconnected with the compressing apparatus for hydrogen
and coal gas.
Cylinders not to be refilled till they have been emptied.
If cylinders are sent out unpacked the valve fittings
should be protected by a steel cap.
A minimum weight to be fixed for each size of cylinder in
accordance with its required thickness. Cylinders of less
weight to be rejected.
One cylinder in 50 to be subjected to a statical bending
test, and to stand crushing nearly flat between two rounder
knife-edges without cracking.
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