Tweaks to the law allow shows past 7 pm
Dinner and a movie has long been considered the classic date night combination. But Cayman’s old-fashioned regulations on cinema schedules have made it a very difficult Sunday night combo – until now.
Changes to the Cinematograph Law, announced Monday, allow movie theaters to stay open past 9 p.m. on Sundays, meaning they will be able to put on one or two additional screenings. Camana Bay will start late shows Dec. 1 at Regal cinema, a spokesman said.
The ban on screening R-rated movies on Sundays stays in place for now. However, Financial Services Minister Wayne Panton says more changes could be on the way.
The existing legislation made it impossible for Grand Cayman’s only cinema to start shows after 7 p.m.
Karl Noble, senior manager at Dart Realty, welcomed the change, which the company has been urging. He said it would open up extra options for customers and help boost other businesses in Camana Bay.
He said Sunday is a popular day for people to go to the movies and it makes sense to allow the theater to offer late screenings.
The company had also been seeking permission to show movies from midday on Sundays, rather than from 2 p.m., but the later start time remains in place for now.
Mr. Noble said he hopes the 2 p.m. start time and the ban on R-rated movies would eventually fall by the wayside.
“We would just like the freedom to show what is available and the opening hours for a regular day,” he said. “We would prefer not to have that restriction in place where we can’t show R-rated movies on a Sunday, but we are not opposed to making gradual changes over time.”
He said representatives from the Regal Camana Bay Stadium 6 movie theater have been in conversation with government for “quite some time” over the proposed changes and welcomed the move.
“We think it will offer more to the community and another outlet for people on a Sunday evening.”
The changes would also technically apply to any other organization that screens movies, including, for example, The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman, which periodically hosts outdoor movie shows.
Minister Panton, who brought the changes to the Legislative Assembly on Monday, said it would also mean an increase in license fees of $500 annually per screen.
He said the tweaks to the legislation were designed to add clarity to the law and meet demand in the community.
“I expect further changes to be made in this area at some future point,” he added.