Rowen Memorial Hall Community Cinema licences

Rowen Memorial Hall’s Premises Licence (licence no. PLNA0005) issued by Conwy County Borough Council, includes permission for us to show films in public.

Recorded music licences.
Performing Rights Society and Phonographic Performance Limited licences have been replaced by TheMusicLicence.  This licence allows us to play recorded music. We paid £174 for a licence for 2019. The price is based on the Hall’s annual income, and the Hall’s status as a registered charity.

Option 1…
A Single Title Screening Licence
is needed each time we show a film in public, regardless of whether an entry fee is charged.  This also applies to other Hall users, eg. Children’s parties. There are two options:
1.   Cinema for All booking scheme Hire a DVD from a library of 800 films, pay for a screening licence and return postage @ £85 total per screening.   We have joined Cinema for All as associate members @ £47.50 for year one.  This charge has now increased to £65 for year one.
2.    Buy a DVD from Amazon (say) and pay for a single title screening licence from the film distributors, including:
FilmBankMedia  Library of 1000 films. A joining fee of £150 is charged, which is waived for Cinema for All members, and is returnable if a community cinema ceases operating.  We applied for a screening licence for Lion (2016 PG) for 20th January 2018, at a cost of £83 plus VAT= £100 or 35% of the box office takings, whichever is greater.

Option 2…
Motion Picture Licencing Company   We also have an Umbrella Licence no. 219725, valid until 27/09/2020, which cost £202.51 for one year.
This allows us to show any film licenced by MPLC, without a Single Title Screening Licence.

Useful information   Starting a community cinema
Many thanks to Conwy County Borough Council Trading Standards and Licensing for their help.
Click here for Rowen Cinema page.


Compiled by Peter McFadden, Licensee and Treasurer, Rowen Memorial Hall
Updated October 2019

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