The management of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board(LSFCB) on Monday went on inspection of cinemas as part of its over sight functions to enforce compliance with theregulations and guidelines governing the operations of cinemas in Lagos State.
The Executive Secretary,Mr. Dele Balogun who led the management team of the Agency noted that part of the statutory responsibilities of the Board was to register,license and classify cinematograph works and premises and prescribe safety measures on exhibition premises amongst other functions.
Mr Dele Balogun admonished cinema owners on the need to comply with safety standards in establishing cinemas in order to uphold and meet international best practices.He noted that the administration of His Excellency,Mr AkinwunmiAmbode was focussing attention on cinemas as part of the total commitment to the development of arts and creativity.
Speaking further, he stated that some of the safety items which must be in place were at least one entrance and one exit in every hall,fire extinguishers,fire stands and functional air conditioners to prevent suffocation.
The Executive Secretary frowns at opening of cinemas or branches of existing cinemas without dueconsultation and formal registration with the State Government through the Agency for inspections and payment of necessary financial obligations.
Mr. Balogun alsostated the need for cinemas to strictly adhere to the age specifications on viewing of films in order to prevent children being exposed to immorality.
On hand to receive the Board were the management of the various cinemas visited among which were Ozone, the Filmhouse andGenesis Deluxe Cinemas.
It would be recalled that the Aency,which was established in 2004 during the Administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,is charged with the responsibility of regulating the film industry in the State in which cinema registration is a part.
There are Thirteen Cinemas currently operating in Lagos State.