Berkhamsted’s The Rex withdraws 15-rated films from ‘parent and baby’ slot

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Berkhamsted’s The Rex has had to withdraw two 15-rated films from its ‘parent and baby’ 12.30pm matinee slots after a complaint to the licensing authority.

August: Osage County, due to be shown yesterday, and Dallas Buyers Club, timetabled for next Tuesday, were pulled after the cinema received ‘advice’ from Dacorum Borough Council.

Licensing team leader Ross Hill said that after a complaint last week, his officers spoke to the Rex’s managers about their advertised ‘mother and baby’ screenings of certain films.

The minimum age requirement for each movie shown in this country is set by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Under entertainment licensing laws, every UK picture house must adhere to the BBFC’s rules, preventing admission to anyone under that age.

Mr Hill said: “This restriction means that no person, including young children or babies, could lawfully be admitted to a screening of a ‘15’ or ‘18’ rated film. Breach of the condition would constitute a criminal offence.”

“After advising the cinema of this restriction, a small number of advertised ‘mother and baby’ shows were voluntarily withdrawn, and as such we now consider this matter to be closed.”

The Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of Ron Woodroof, who helps AIDs patients get the medication they need after he himself is diagnosed with the disease.

August: Osage County is about the strong-willed women of the Weston family, who are brought back together by a family crisis.

In a statement, The Rex said: “We are complying with the law.”

It is unclear why the two films were advertised as ‘mother and baby’ screenings. A statement on The Rex’s website says everyone who bought tickets to those screenings will be refunded.