Govt stumps IPL matches in cinema houses

“A cinema building cannot be used for any other purpose than exhibition of cinematograph film as per the rule 83 of the Act,” a circular dated March 24 issued by the Home department stated.

The Government has come out with this circular following the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) raising objections against the screening of IPL matches in both single theatres and multiplexes. The KFCC had asked the Government to ban the telecast as it would badly affect the ailing Kannada film industry.

Nearly a dozen theatre owners had even filed applications  seeking permission for live telecast. The KFCC wanted the Government to impose the restriction on multiplexes also. However, the Government has no powers to do so. “Section 3 (16-A) of the Karnataka Cinema (Regulation) Rules, 1971 has defined a multiplex as a building which houses entertainment and cultural centres, including cinema theatres, food courts, restaurants and shops. Therefore, previous permission to multiplex houses is not necessary in exhibiting live telecast of IPL matches,” the circular stated.
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