Film Certification

In order to comply with the law and our conditions of license Number 8 restricts admission to film screenings in line with British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) certification guidelines.

Classification categories are as follows:

Suitable only for adults
No-one younger than 18 may see an ‘18’ film in a cinema.

Suitable only for 15 years or over
No-one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema

Suitable for 12 years and over
Exactly the same criteria are used to classify works at ‘12A’ and ‘12’. These categories are awarded where the material is suitable, in general, only for those aged 12 and over. Works classified at these categories may upset children under 12 or contain material which many parents will find unsuitable for them.

The ‘12A’ category exists only for cinema films. No one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult, and films classified ‘12A’ are not recommended for a child below 12. An adult may take a younger child if, in their judgement, the film is suitable for that particular child. In such circumstances, responsibility for allowing a child under 12 to view lies with the accompanying adult.

Parental Guidance
General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. A ‘PG’ film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.

Suitable for all
It is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child. But a ‘U’ film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over. ‘U’ films should be set within a positive moral framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror.


Unaccompanied Children

We always recommend that children are accompanied by an adult. However, we will admit children aged 12 and over unaccompanied.


For further information about film certification you can download the BBFC Ratings Poster or visit