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Entertainment Tax Deptt. has been established in BRITISH RAJ. Neel Kamal Talkies is the oldest cinema in Bijnor. The entt. tax deptt. collects tax from the ticket which is purchased by visitor in cinema on percentage basis. Presently 18 cinema halls running in the district having total no of seats 10,716. Total tax collected and deposited in the state revenue under head "0045-other tax and duties on commodities."
The main source of entt. tax is permanent cinema but other sources are video cinema, cable t.v. touring cinemas and pool game is new entry in this sphere. State Govt. has recently introduced grant in aid scheme to promote cinema business. The main feature of this scheme is full tax free for five years for those cinemas which comes under this scheme.
Only newly constructed cinemas can get benifit from this scheme which are constructed on particular site upto not more than specific limit. The scheme is mainly population oriented and will be effective upto 31.3.2002.
To give cinema owners financial help the state govt. to make provisions Rs. 1.50 paise as maintainence charge, can be levied per ticket, to promote cinema industry in u.p. 'Film vikas nidhi' established. Rs. 0.50 paise per ticket is being collected and deposited in this account.