Enhancement of rates in Cinema Theatre Andhra Pradesh


The matter regarding revision of rates of admission to the cinema theatres in Andhra Pradesh was under consideration of the Government. Meanwhile, the Hon’ble High Court of A.P. in its common order in W.P. No. 20656,20658 and 20661 of 2011 and 3785 of 2012 dated:25.09.2012, quashed G.O.Ms.No.181, Home (Genl.A) Dept., dated:11.07.2011 with certain directions to
Government to constitute a Committee to suggest factors to be considered while fixing rates of admission into various classes of the cinema theatres, classification of theatres and fixation of rates of admission into different classes in such theatres, based on which Government was directed to issue necessary orders within a specific time- frame.

Government have accordingly constituted a Committee vide reference 3rd cited. The Committee subsequently submitted its recommendations, based on which, and after carefully examining the matter, Government issue the following orders:

 

I. Government hereby classify areas (cities, towns, etc.) into the following five grades for purposes of fixing the rates of admission into the various classes of the cinema theatres:-
(1)Grade I–Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation
(2)Grade II – All Municipal Corporations
(3)Grade III – Selection Grade Municipalities, Special
Grade Municipalities and First Grade Municipalities
(4)Grade IV – Second Grade Municipalities and Third
Grade Municipalities
(5)Grade V – Nagarpanchayats and Gram Panchayats
II. (a) Based on the above stated classification of grades (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) of I above and based on the facilities being provided in cinema theatres indicated in Annexure–I, the Government hereby enhance ceiling on rates of admission into highest and lowest classes of cinema theatres as given in Annexure-II. The seats in the lowest class shall not be less than
20% of the total seats.

(b) The enhanced rates shall come into immediate effect.
The old theatres constructed prior to 2005 shall within three months put in place the additional facilities
under category II of Annexure-I except at Sl. No.2
and 3, in order to charge the enhanced rates thereafter. Similarly, within three months of issue of revised fire safety measures (as per the Govt. orders to be issued shortly), revised fire safety measures shall be put in place, failing which the theatres concerned shall charge only pre-revised rates. The licensing authorities shall monitor and ensure the same accordingly.

(c) The managements of the theatres are hereby empowered to fix the ceiling on rates of admission for intermediary classes, such as 2nd or 3rd class, between highest and lowest, depending on the number of classes the management wish to provide, with justifiable reasons with reference to spacing, quality of seats, etc. The managements shall indicate the same in their applications under rule 11A and 12A and the licensing authority shall after due consideration issue appropriate orders in Form-B license.

(d) Government hereby permit the theatres / multiplexes flexibility to lower the rates of admission to be less than the rate fixed for the highest class and lowest class as fixed by Government and as approved by the licensing authority for intermediary classes and to also increase the rates upto the maximum now allowed. However, the provision of flexibility in

 

reducing the rates and increasing upto maximum rate allowed is hereby extended to Municipalities Grades I to III, Nagar Panchayats and Gram Panchayats, subject to the condition that such decrease in rates of admission shall not have the effect of reduction of entertainment tax payable on the basis of gross collection capacity, until further orders. In respect of Municipal Corporations, Selection Grade and Special Grade Municipalities, the flexibility in reduction of rates or enhancing upto maximum rates allowed can be for any number of days. However, the theatres wishing to lower the rates or increase upto maximum rates allowed in all grades of areas shall also give prior intimation under proper acknowledgment to the licensing authorities and the local police concerned at least two (2) days before the revised rates are to be adopted by them. In addition, only those theatres in Municipal Corporations, Selection Grade and Special Grade Municipalities which make tickets available online, with simultaneous flow of information of such online sales to the local licensing authorities, entertainment tax authorities and the police authorities. i.e. sub-divisional and district level Commercial Taxes, Revenue and Police officials concerned, shall be eligible for such flexibility. Failure to comply with the conditions shall entail collection of entertainment tax on the maximum rates allowed.

(e) Whenever a show is being organized for raising funds by some organization and it is intended by the theatre management to sell tickets in bunch or in groups, etc., necessary permission should be obtained from the licensing authority. Entertainment tax is payable on the additional amount so collected, if any.

III. Further, for all future permissions in Municipal Corporations and Municipalities, the licensing authority shall also obtain the traffic impact study by a recognized, qualified agency or Govt. body or university for considering permission for construction clearance.

IV. Government hereby order the increase of Tax Free Maintenance Charge from Re.1/- to Rs.2/- and from Rs.2/- to Rs.3/- for ordinary and AC /Air Cooled theatres respectively.

V. The following conditions shall be adhered to by all theatres and multiplexes:-

(a).The management/lease holders shall be responsible for ensuring that the relevant conditions stipulated under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and Legal Metrology Packaged Commodity Rules, 2011 are followed.

(b).Compliance with provisions under Food Safety & Standards Regulations, 2011 made under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSS Act) shall be mandatory for all food canteens/points etc. in theatres / multiplexes.

(c).All managements shall extend the benefit of the provisions of Employee Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 and Employees State Insurance in favour of all their eligible employees, apart from adhering to Minimum Wages Act, Labour Laws, etc. for the welfare of their employees.

(d).All theatres and multiplexes shall provide two spaces for placing two wheel chairs at convenient spots, with appropriate safety measures such as clamps, etc. for disabled and senior citizens, apart from disabled friendly facilities such as ramps, etc. for accessibility.
VI The conditions for issuing / renewal of license shall be as at Annexure III, and the managements shall also follow such other conditions as may be prescribed by the licensing authorities.

The District Collectors, Licensing Authorities and all concerned shall take further necessary action accordingly.

This order issues with the concurrence of Finance Department vide U.O. Note No 248/PFS/13, dated: 11-01-2013.

 

Sl.No.

 

Item

GHMC area

 

Grade-I

Other Municipal

Corporations areas

 

Grade-II

Selection Grade

Special Grade and

First Grade Municipality areas

Grade-III

Second and Third Grade

Municipality areas

 

Grade-IV

Nagarpanchayats  and

Gram Panchayats areas

Grade-V

   

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category –

1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category-

1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

    (As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per

CG rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

1. Cooling

System

 

Air

Condition / Air Cooled

 

Air

Condition / Air Cooled

 

Air

Condition / Air Cooled

 

Air

Condition / Air Cooled

 

Air

Condition / Air Cooled

2. Accommodati on of Seats 25 persons

per 9 Sq. Metres

(Item 19(2)

of App.I)

20 persons

per 9 Sq. Metres

(Item 19(2)

of App.I) (for new

theatres)

25 persons

per 9 Sq. Metres

(Item 19(2)

of App.I)

20 persons

per 9 Sq. Metres

(Item 19(2)

of App.I) (for new

theatres)

25 persons

per 9 Sq. Metres

(Item 19(2)

of App.I)

20 persons

per 9 Sq. Metres

(Item 19(2)

of App.I) (for new theatres)

25 persons

per 9 Sq. Metres

(Item

19(2) of

App.I)

20 persons per

9 Sq. Metres

(Item 19(2)  of

App.I) (for new theatres)

25 persons per

9 Sq. Metres

(Item 19(2)

of App.I)

20 persons

per 9 Sq. Metres

(Item 19(2)

of App.I) (for new

theatres)

3. Space between rows 0.35 metres

(Item 19(5)

of App.I)

0.45 metres

(Item 19(5)

of App.I) (for new theatres)

0.35 metres

(Item 19(5)

of App.I)

0.45 metres

(Item 19(5)

of App.I) (for new theatres)

0.35 metres

(Item 19(5)

of App.I)

0.45 metres

(Item 19(5)

of App.I) (for new theatres)

0.35

metres

(Item

19(5) of

App.I)

0.45 metres

(Item 19(5)  of

App.I) (for new theatres)

0.35 metres

(Item 19(5)

of App.I)

0.45 metres

(Item 19(5)

of App.I) (for new theatres)

4. Seat type/nature of

seat

Ordinary /

Cushion type

Cushion

with Push back /

Recliner

type / Sofa

Ordinary /

Cushion type

Cushion

with Push back /

Recliner

type / Sofa

Ordinary /

Cushion type

Cushion with

Push back / Recliner type

/ Sofa

Ordinary /

Cushion type

Cushion with

Push back / Recliner type /

Sofa

Ordinary /

Cushion type

Cushion with

Push back / Recliner type

/ Sofa

5. Sound System Mono sound

system

Digital

sound system with combination of three way

/ surround system

Mono

sound system

Digital

sound system with combination of three way

/ surround system

Mono

sound system

Digital sound

system with combination of three way / surround system

Mono

sound system

Digital sound

system with combination of three way / surround system

Mono sound

system

Digital sound

system with combination of three way

/ surround system

 

                       
Sl.No. Item

GHMC area

 

 

 

 

Grade- I

Other Municipal

Corporations area

 

 

 

 

Grade – II

Selection Grade Special Grade and First Grade Municipality areas

 

Grade-III

Second and Third Grade

Municipality areas

 

 

 

Grade-IV

Nagarpanchayats and Gram

Panchayats  areas

 

 

 

Grade-V

    Category-1 Category-2 Category-1 Category-2 Category-1 Category-2 Category-1 Category-2 Category-1 Category-2
    (As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

6. Projection

System

 

Arc Lamp

Xenon

Bulb/Digital projection

 

Arc Lamp

Xenon

Bulb/Digital projection

 

Arc Lamp

Xenon

Bulb/Digital projection

 

Arc Lamp

Xenon

Bulb/Digital projection

 

Arc Lamp

Xenon

Bulb/Digital projection

7.  

Generator or

UPS

For screen

and emergency

lights

100%

Generator facility

For screen

and emergency

lights

100%

Generator facility

For screen

and emergency

lights

100%

Generator facility

For screen

and emergency

lights

100%

Generator facility

For screen

and emergency

lights

100%

Generator facility

8. Toilets Without auto

flush but running

water

throughout

Auto flush

facility with high levels

of hygiene

Without

auto flush but

running

water throughout

Auto flush

facility with high levels

of hygiene

Without

auto flush but  running

water

throughout

Auto flush

facility with high levels of

hygiene

Without auto

flush but running

water

throughout

Auto flush

facility with high levels

of hygiene

Without auto

flush but running water

throughout

Auto flush

facility with high levels of

hygiene

9. Lighting   (i). LED

lights on every step raiser in the auditorium and seat lights

  (ii). LED

lights on every step raiser in the auditorium and seat lights

  (ii). LED

lights on every step raiser in the auditorium

and seat lights

  (ii). LED

lights on every step raiser in the auditorium and seat lights

  (ii). LED

lights on every step raiser in the auditorium and seat lights

      (ii). LCD

screen in the Box Office counter displaying information to

customers

  (iii). LCD

screen in the Box Office counter displaying information to

customers

  (iii). LCD

screen in the Box Office counter displaying information to customers

  (iii). LCD

screen in the Box Office counter displaying information to

customers

  (iii). LCD

screen in the Box Office counter displaying information to customers

 

NOTE: The new Rates of Admission in Annexure-II shall come into immediate effect subject to the following:-

(1) The existing cinema theatres under Category -2 above, shall provide the additional facilities enlisted thereunder, except at Sl.No.2 & 3

within three (3) months, failing which those theatres shall be treated under Category-1 and rates of admission shall be permitted accordingly, They shall provide the revised fire safety measures within three months from the date of issue of Government Orders, failing which they shall be eligible for rates under Cat.I

(2) New theatres shall provide the additional facilities as follows for eligibility under Category-2:- (a) Accommodation of seats shall be 20 persons per 9 Sq. Metres.

(b) The space between the rows shall be 0.45 metres.

(c) Plush / proper carpeting in the Auditorium shall be provided

ANNEXURE –II

STATEMENT SHOWING RATES OF ADMISSION FOR DIFFERENT GRADES OF AREAS & CLASSES IN CATEGORIES 1&2 OF THE CINEMA THEATRES

 

GHMC area

 

Grade-I

Other Municipal

Corporations areas

 

 

Grade-II

Selection Grade

Special Grade and First Grade Municipality areas

Grade-III

Second and Third Grade

Municipality areas

 

Grade-IV

Nagarpanchayats  and

Gram Panchayats  areas

Grade-V

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

 

Ordinary

Class – I

 

 

 

Proposed

Rs. 45/-

 

 

 

Class – I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Rs.75/- (A/c)

 

 

 

Rs.70/- (Air Cooled)

 

Ordinary

Class – I

 

 

 

Proposed Rs. Rs.40/-

 

 

 

Class – I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Rs.75/- (A/c)

 

 

 

Rs.70/- (Air Cooled)

 

Ordinary

Class – I

 

 

 

Proposed

Rs.35/-

 

 

 

Class – I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Rs.55 /- (A/c)

 

 

 

Rs.50/- (Air- Cooled)

 

Ordinary

Class – I

 

 

 

Proposed

Rs.30/-

 

 

 

Class – I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Rs.50/- (A/c)

 

 

 

Rs.45/- (Air Cooled)

 

Ordinary

Class – I

 

 

 

Proposed Rs. 30/- (Same)

 

 

 

Class – I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Rs.45/- (A/c)

 

 

 

Rs.40/- (Air- Cooled)

 

GHMC area

 

Grade-I

Other Municipal

Corporations areas

(Total =18)

 

Grade-II

Selection Grade (Total=5)

Special Grade (Total = 9) and First Grade (Total=22) Municipality areas

Grade-III

Second (Total=42) and Third

Grade (Total=37) Municipality areas

 

Grade-IV

Nagarpanchayats (Total=38) and

Gram Panchayats

(Total =21,807) areas

Grade-V

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

Category -1

Theatres

Category-2

Theatres

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With

additional facilities)

(As per CG

rules)

(With additional

facilities)

 

Class II / III

 

Last Class Ordinary: Proposed Rs.10/-

 

Class II / III

 

Last Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Rs.10/- (A/c)

 

Rs.10/- (Air Cooled)

 

Class II / III

 

Last Class Ordinary: Proposed Rs. 10/-

 

Class II / III

 

Last Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Rs.10/- (A/c)

 

Rs. 10/- (Air Cooled)

 

Class –II / III

 

 

 

Last Class Ordinary: Proposed Rs.10/-

 

Class II / III

 

Last Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Rs.10/- (A/c)

 

Rs.10/- (Air- Cooled)

 

Class –II / III

 

 

 

Last Class Ordinary: Proposed Rs.10/-

 

Class II / III

 

Last Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Rs. 10/- (A/c)

 

Rs.10/- (Air Cooled)

 

Class –II / III

 

 

 

Last Class Ordinary: Proposed Rs.10/-

 

Class –II / III Last Class

 

 

 

Proposed Rs.10/- (A/c)

 

Rs.10/-

(Air-Cooled)

ANNEXEURE -III

CONDITIONS FOR MUTIPLEXES

a.  The CCTV system shall be maintained without any interruption.

b.  Night vision cameras to be installed specially at the box office to capture the images of the patrons buying tickets during the late evening hours.

c.  The patrons shall be provided with lifts/escalators for exit at the end of the shows on par with such facility provided at the time of entering the theatre

d.  The first two rows of seats from the screen shall be earmarked and provided at a lower rate of admission than the seats behind.

CONDITIONS FOR THEATRES AND MULTIPLEXES

e.  The rates of tickets and rates of online cinema ticket service charges with the name of  the  agency  shall  be  exhibited  at  the  counter  and  in  any  other  conspicuous manner.

f.   All gangways, exits and treads of steps and stairways shall be maintained with non- slippery surfaces at all times.

g.  The corridors, area earmarked for lobby and parking for the use of cinegoers, should not be let out for any commercial or other purpose.

h.  No vehicle shall be parked or allowed to stand in such a way as to obstruct exits or impede the rapid dispersal of persons accommodated, in the event of fire or panic.

i.   Emergency evacuation plan shall be drawn and got approved by the licensing authority within one month. (Uphaar Theatre- Hon’ble Supreme Court        Directions)

j.   A short documentary shall be screened during every show by showing the    exits, emergency escape routes and instructions as to what to do and what not to do in the   case of fire or other hazards (Uphaar Theatre – Hon’ble Supreme Court Directions).

k.  The staff/ushers including security staff should be periodically trained to    operate the fire safety equipment during emergency in fire drills and evacuation procedures to provide support to the patrons in case of fire or   any other calamity. Mock drills shall be conducted once in every 6 months. (Uphaar Theatre- Hon’ble Supreme court  Directions).

l.   While the theatres are entitled to regulate the exit through doors other than the entry door, under no circumstances should the entry door (which can act as an emergency exit in the event of fire or other emergency) be bolted from outside.  At the end of the show,  the  ushers may  request  the  patrons  to  use  the  exit  doors  by placing  a temporary barrier across the entry gate which should be easily movable (Uphaar Theatre – Hon’ble Supreme Court Directions)

m. The emergency department telephone nos. of nearest Hospitals, Police Station and Fire Department shall be displayed in every show.

n.  The  management  should  facilitate  periodical  inspection  by  the   Fire  Officer concerned.

o. The management should obtain insurance coverage for all the employees and audience/visitors/vendors.

p.  The Management shall ensure all safety measures including fire safety measures as prescribed by Government  National Building Code  and  other statutes or orders issued by Government from time to time.

G.O.Ms.No.100  Dt:26.04.2013.Read the following:

1.   Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh Common Order  Dt: 25.09.2012 in W.P. Nos. 20656, 20658 and 20661 of 2011 and 3785 of 2012.

2.   Minutes of the meeting held by Spl. C.S. (Home) with   representatives   of   Film   Chamber   of Commerce and Cinematography Association on dt:27.09.2012

3.   G.O.Ms.No.188,  Home  (Genl.  A.1)  Dept.,  Dt: 19.11.2012

4.   Recommendations of the Committee,Dt:10.01.2013.

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