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Any premises to be used for the public performance of plays and showing of films must be granted a license by The Bahamas Plays and Films Control Board. The procedures in obtaining a theatre or cinema license is shown below.


  • The Applicant must be 18 years or older.
  • Approval must be obtained from The Bahamas Plays and Films Control Board

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  1. Complete the form, “Application for Occasional Theatre/Cinema Licence”.
  2. If the application is for a play, 14 days from the date of the performance of the play, at least five copies of the script must be submitted to The Bahamas Plays and Films Control Board.
  3. Submit the completed application form along with the documents and fee to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security,Bahamas Films and Plays Board or by hand to Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security, 3rd Floor, Churchill Building, Rawson Square,Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
  4. The Board will examine the synopsis of the play or film to ascertain whether it may be approved. If the Board approves the play or film it will be classified and rated as follows:
    1. A - Suitable for all ages
    2. B - Suitable for adults, persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
    3. T - Suitable for persons above the age of fifteen
    4. C- Suitable for adults only, persons under 18 years are not admitted whether accompanied by an adult or not.
    5. D - Unsuitable for public viewing.
  5. The Board may request that the play or film be performed for viewing before the decision is given.
  6. The Board approves or refuses to approve the play or film suitable for exhibition or public performance.
  7. The applicant is advised of the decision in writing one to two days after the meeting of the Board.

Application Form for Theatre/Cinema License link:

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Required Documents

  • Completed Application Form
  • Fees
  • Minimum of five copies of the script of the play


  • Theatre/Cinema Licence Fee Structure:
    • 1 up to 99 persons - BS$ 50.00
    • 100 - 199 persons - BS$ 200.00
    • 200 - 299 persons - BS$ 400.00
    • 300 - 399 persons - BS$ 600.00
    • 400 - 499 persons - BS$ 800.00
    • 500 persons or more including open air Cinemas - BS$1,000.00
  • One or more public performances/exhibition not exceeding three, and not of educational character, charitable or other like purposes. BS$20.00
  • All payment by cheque must be certified and made payable to the Public Treasury or the Ministry of National Security.
  • Other forms of acceptable payment are Cash or Money Order.
  • Cash payment should be made to the Public Treasury and receipt submitted to the Ministry along with the application form.


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Office Locations & Contacts

Churchill Building 3rd Floor
P. O. Box N3217
(242)356-6792/3 (242)356-4400/3

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