CHAPTER 531

MOTION PICTURES

Table of Contents

Sec. 29-109. Certificates of approval. Regulations. Variations or exemptions.

Sec. 29-110. When films may be shown without fire-proof booths.

Secs. 29-111 to 29-113. Revocation or suspension of licenses or permits. Fees. Penalty.

Sec. 29-114. Exhibition of moving pictures at religious services held on Sunday.

Sec. 29-115. Authority to operate.

Sec. 29-116. Inspection by state police.

Sec. 29-117. Moving picture licenses. Fees. Penalty.

Sec. 29-117a. Transferred

Secs. 29-118 and 29-119. License to operate; fee. Penalties.

Sec. 29-120. Exceptions.

Secs. 29-121 to 29-126. Storing of moving picture films; definitions. License to manufacture or store films. Restriction on issuance of licenses. Special room for handling films; fire extinguishers; smoking forbidden. Quantity of films under examination or repair restricted. Room to be ventilated.

Sec. 29-127. Inspections.

Sec. 29-128. Penalty.

Sec. 29-128a. (Formerly Sec. 29-117a). Exhibition of previews of “X” rated films.

Sec. 29-128b. Display of film rating required.

Secs. 29-128c to 29-128e. Reserved

Sec. 29-128f. Unlawful use of recording device in motion picture theater.


Sec. 29-109. Certificates of approval. Regulations. Variations or exemptions. Section 29-109 is repealed, effective July 1, 2016.

(1949 Rev., S. 3694; P.A. 77-614, S. 486, 610; P.A. 89-188, S. 1, 9; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 56, 121; P.A. 11-51, S. 90; P.A. 13-247, S. 200; P.A. 16-2, S. 2.)

Sec. 29-110. When films may be shown without fire-proof booths. Section 29-110 is repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3695; P.A. 89-188, S. 8, 9.)

Secs. 29-111 to 29-113. Revocation or suspension of licenses or permits. Fees. Penalty. Sections 29-111 to 29-113, inclusive, are repealed, effective July 1, 2016.

(1949 Rev., S. 3696–3698; 1961, P.A. 29; P.A. 80-297, S. 14, 20; P.A. 89-188, S. 2–4, 9; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 57, 117; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1, S. 140; P.A. 16-2, S. 2.)

Sec. 29-114. Exhibition of moving pictures at religious services held on Sunday. Section 29-114 is repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3699; P.A. 76-415, S. 9; 76-435, S. 81, 82.)

Sec. 29-115. Authority to operate. Section 29-115 is repealed, effective July 1, 2016.

(1949 Rev., S. 3700; 1971, P.A. 870, S. 84; P.A. 74-183, S. 264, 291; P.A. 76-436, S. 227, 681; P.A. 77-603, S. 112, 125; P.A. 78-280, S. 1, 127; P.A. 16-2, S. 2.)

Sec. 29-116. Inspection by state police. Section 29-116 is repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3701; P.A. 77-614, S. 486, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 89-188, S. 8, 9.)

Sec. 29-117. Moving picture licenses. Fees. Penalty. Section 29-117 is repealed, effective July 1, 2016.

(1949 Rev., S. 3702; 1971, P.A. 871, S. 109; P.A. 77-614, S. 486, 610; P.A. 80-297, S. 15, 20; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 58, 117; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1, S. 141; P.A. 11-51, S. 90; P.A. 13-247, S. 200; P.A. 16-2, S. 2.)

Sec. 29-117a. Transferred to Sec. 29-128a.

Secs. 29-118 and 29-119. License to operate; fee. Penalties. Sections 29-118 and 29-119 are repealed, effective October 1, 1999.

(1949 Rev., S. 3703, 3704; 1971, P.A. 423, S. 1; P.A. 77-614, S. 486, 610; P.A. 80-297, S. 16, 20; P.A. 89-188, S. 5, 6, 9; P.A. 99-163, S. 8, 9.)

Sec. 29-120. Exceptions. Section 29-120 is repealed, effective July 1, 2016.

(1949 Rev., S. 3705; P.A. 89-188, S. 7, 9; P.A. 99-163, S. 7; P.A. 16-2, S. 2.)

Secs. 29-121 to 29-126. Storing of moving picture films; definitions. License to manufacture or store films. Restriction on issuance of licenses. Special room for handling films; fire extinguishers; smoking forbidden. Quantity of films under examination or repair restricted. Room to be ventilated. Sections 29-121 to 29-126, inclusive, are repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3706–3711; P.A. 89-188, S. 8, 9.)

Sec. 29-127. Inspections. Section 29-127 is repealed, effective July 1, 2016.

(1949 Rev., S. 3712; 1961, P.A. 517, S. 67; P.A. 77-614, S. 486, 610; P.A. 92-130, S. 5, 10; P.A. 11-51, S. 90; P.A. 13-247, S. 200; P.A. 16-2, S. 2.)

Sec. 29-128. Penalty. Section 29-128 is repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 3713; P.A. 89-188, S. 8, 9.)

Sec. 29-128a. (Formerly Sec. 29-117a). Exhibition of previews of “X” rated films. No person shall exhibit, show or use any preview film, reel or view of any film rated “X” on any movie screen except at a showing of a film similarly rated. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than six months or both.

(1971, P.A. 733.)

History: Sec. 29-117a transferred to Sec. 29-128a in 1981.

Sec. 29-128b. Display of film rating required. Section 29-128b is repealed, effective July 1, 2016.

(P.A. 79-296; P.A. 80-483, S. 89, 186; P.A. 16-2, S. 2.)

Secs. 29-128c to 29-128e. Reserved for future use.

Sec. 29-128f. Unlawful use of recording device in motion picture theater. (a) As used in this section: (1) “Audiovisual recording function” means the capability of a device to record or transmit a motion picture by means of any technology, and (2) “motion picture theater” means a movie theater or screening room that, at the time of the offense, is being used for the exhibition of a motion picture.

(b) Any person who knowingly operates an audiovisual recording function of a device in a motion picture theater while a motion picture is being exhibited without the consent of the owner or lessee of such theater and with the intent to record such motion picture shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

(c) Whenever the owner or lessee of a motion picture theater where a motion picture is being exhibited, or an employee or authorized agent of such owner or lessee, has reasonable grounds to believe that a person is operating or attempting to operate an audiovisual recording function of a device in such theater in violation of subsection (b) of this section, such owner, lessee, employee or agent may question such person as to such person's name and address and may detain such person for a time sufficient to summon a police officer to the premises. No other information shall be required of such person until a police officer has taken such person into custody. For the purposes of this subsection, “reasonable grounds” means knowledge that a person has operated or attempted to operate an audiovisual recording function of a device in such theater.

(d) In any civil action by a person detained under the provisions of subsection (c) of this section against the person so detaining him or her, or the principal or employer of such person, arising out of such questioning or detention by any such owner, lessee, employee or agent, evidence that the defendant had reasonable grounds to believe that the plaintiff was, at the time in question, operating or attempting to operate an audiovisual recording function of a device in a motion picture theater while a motion picture was being exhibited without the consent of the owner or lessee of such facility shall create a rebuttable presumption that the plaintiff was so operating or attempting to operate such audiovisual recording function.

(e) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the operation of an audiovisual recording function of a device by any authorized employee or agent of a local, state or federal law enforcement agency while such employee or agent is engaged in authorized investigative, protective, law enforcement or intelligence gathering activities.

(f) Nothing in this section shall preclude prosecution of a person under any other provision of the general statutes.

(P.A. 04-187, S. 1.)