Film Classifications

Age ratings for films and event cinema shown at The Phoenix Cinema are set by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). It is important that you follow these guidelines when attending a screening.

If our staff think you look under or around the age required to watch the film or event being shown, you will be asked to produce photographic ID. Valid forms of ID include passport, driving licence or Young Scot card (available for free to those aged 11 – 25 years, check the Young Scot website for details).

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone who is unable to provide valid ID at the time of the film screening will be refused entry to the cinema and will not be refunded for their tickets.

For further details on film classifications, including BBFC insight which is aimed particularly at parents and offers a summary of why a film was rated at any given category, please visit the BBFC website. Responsibility for assessing a film’s suitability for a child always remains with the parent, guardian or accompanying adult, as long as the BBFC classifications given to any film are followed.



Suitable for all.


Parental Guidance

General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.


Suitable for 12 years and over

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by a person of 18 years or over.


Suitable for 15 years and over

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 film in a cinema.


Suitable only for adults

No-one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.