The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has opened its first public movie theatre, after over 35 years of prohibition for religious reasons.
According to an official release from information ministry, AMC Entertainment has been granted the first licence to operate cinemas, and the company is expected to open 40 cinemas across 15 Saudi cities over the next five years.
A special screening of Marvel superhero film ‘Black Panther’ was held in Riyadh, which was attended by Saudi Culture and Information Minister Awwad Alawwad along with Saudi royalty, celebrities and guest filmmakers. The first public screening will be held on April 20, the tickets for which went on sale on April 19. The gulf nation would be opening more cinema theatres, roughly 350 cinemas and 2,500 screens, by 2030. The development follows passing of a resolution on December 11, 2017 that lifted the decades-old ban on providing licenses to commercial movie theatres.