However, the SC bench ordered movie theatre operators to provide free access to sanitary drinking water and to permit parents with young children to bring a reasonable amount of food into the theatres.
On January 3, a Supreme Court panel led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud emphasised that movie theatres are privately owned by their proprietors, who have the right to control whether or not patrons are allowed to bring food and beverages inside.
According to Justice PS Narasimha: “The basic premise is that cinema has a right to reserve admission. Moreover, the cinema owners have a right to sell their food and beverages.”
“The property of the cinema hall is the private property of the hall’s owner. The owner is entitled to set terms and conditions so long as such terms and conditions are not contrary to the public interest, safety, and welfare. For example, the owner is entitled to set terms for selling food and beverages. However, movie goer has the choice not to purchase the same,” the court stated.
According to Live Law, the bench also instructed theatre owners to enable parents to bring a reasonable amount of food into the theatres and provide free sanitary drinking water to all viewers.
However, according to Live Law, the bench also instructed theatre operators to provide free access to sanitary drinking water for all moviegoers and to let parents bring an appropriate amount of food into the theatres.