Thursday, 27 April 2017

Lagos govt. registers 14 cinemas in two years

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it had registered 14 cinema houses in the last two years.

Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, Acting Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in her office at Ikeja, Lagos.

“The Lagos State Government registered the cinema houses between March 2015 and March 2017.

“Prior to now, it was only 11 cinema houses that registered with the government; but, with the additional three newly built cinemas, this makes up the 14 cinemas in the state.

“All the 14 cinemas have registered with the government through the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board.

“The idea is to have the records of the cinema houses existing in the city,’’ Akinsola said

According to her, the additional three cinemas centres include “Genesis de Luxe’’ in Sangotedo, “Silverbird Cinema’’ in Amuwo Odofin and “Metropolitan Cinemas’’ at Onipanu.

She said that the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board was a regulatory body established to control the film and video industry under the Lagos State Laws in 2004.

“The Censors Board is empowered to regulate and control cinematographic works and exhibitions.

“The board is also empowered to control and regulate the production of films; it also controls and regulates the show of films in cinemas.

“This is to prevent the production of undesirable or dangerous acts against public order and decency,’’ she said.

Akinsola said that government would continue to intensify efforts to ensure that Lagos State remained on top in entertainment and tourism activities.

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