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26 September 2011
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Adult Accompaniment - It's The Law.

Written by  Tatiana

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The movie classifications (a.k.a ratings) with the “A” attached to them are often misunderstood by movie-goers.  Of the six classification categories in British Columbia, two of them require Adult Accompaniment (14A and 18A).

For films rated as “14A” and “18A”, persons under the age of 14 and 18 may only attend when accompanied by an adult.  An adult is considered to be someone 18 years of age or over. It’s important to know that theatres cannot waive the adult accompaniment requirement which means that the adult must watch the movie with the underage viewer.  A parent’s permission is not enough under the law.

Under the Motion Picture Act, theatres in BC are required to follow and enforce all age restrictions.  We have a rack card that is available in BC theaters to explain Adult Accompaniment to anyone who has questions. To see an electronic version of our movie theatre rack card, please click here.

Visit the Categories and Advisories page of our website for more information about all of the film classifications in BC and what kind of content they may include.

You can find more information about the law by reviewing the Motion Picture Act and the Motion Picture Act Regulations. If you have any other questions or concerns please contact our office by phone at 1-888-564-9963, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave us a question on our Facebook page.

Last modified on 18 November 2015


Tatiana works in communications for Consumer Protection BC.  She is always talking about something our organization is doing and just between us, she can get pretty loud.

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