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'File 32/7 (4/6) Bahrain Cinemas' [‎14r] (27/200)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 7 Apr 1934-22 Jan 1949. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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fi.Z. 8138/35
2, 3 & 4, Dean Street,
8th November, 1935.
The colonial Oifice,
Downing Street,
S . WT. 1
Messrs. Abdullah Aujan & Brothers of Bahrein
have written asking for the licence to exhibit two of
our motion pictures in the territories of BAHREIN and
These territories, 1 understand, are independent
sheikdoms with a British Agent in control and any
questions of commercial relationships and concessions
have to be dealt with through a British agent.
Our Solicitors, Messrs. Herbert Oppenheimer,
Nathan, Vandyk and Mackay, have suggested that before
we do any business there, we should consult with your
We have already granted a licence for the
exhibition of these pictures for Iraq and Iran, but no
mention is made in the contracts of either Bahrein or
koweit. I presume, therefore, that we are free to
sell in these latter territories separably.
Will you please let me know what procedure must
be adopted in doing business in these two territories.
Very truly yours.


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This file contains correspondence regarding the establishment of a cinema in Bahrain. The file contains correspondence between the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain and Charles Belgrave, Adviser to the Government of Bahrain concerning the desirability of opening a cinema in the country and the logistics involved in doing so. The file contains a letter from April 1937 (in English and Arabic) in which Belgrave grants two members of the Al Khalifa family permission to establish a cinema in Bahrain.

The file contains a number of letters from other individuals and companies interested in establishing a cinema in the country (ff 9-11,14,28,58-59).

The file also contains documentation regarding the licensing and censorship of films as follows:

  • ordinance for licensing and controlling cinemas and other places of public amusement compiled by the Government of Bahrain (ff 66-69);
  • government of Bengal, Political Department, Manual of the Bengal Board of Censors, 1936 (ff 80-99).
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1 file (100 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 100; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-57; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A mixed foliation/pagination sequence covers the file notes between ff 70-79. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out. Pagination: the file includes a booklet (ff 80-99) which contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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