Visitors wait in front of a "Black Panther" movie banner, during an invitation-only screening, at the King Abdullah Financial District Theater, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Saudi Arabia held a private screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" Wednesday, to herald the launch of movie theaters that are set to open to the public next month. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi Arabia lifts the ban from the cinemas. First company to open the cinema in the Capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is AMC. They played Hollywood block buster movie “Black Panther” on Wednesday. Only 500 guests, officials and executives were present on wednesday’s show. Official public screening will begin soon, according to a Saudi official it will begin from May 1.

Saudi Arabia changing its norms

First time in the history of Saudi Arabia both genders will be able to enjoy the show in cinema together . People will be able to choose between male only, female only and mixed screening. Customarily women and men of Saudi Arabia were not allowed to sit together in public places but there is relaxation in that restriction now and men and women can watch movies and attend music concerts. AMC will show different Hollywood movies in their future screenings in coming months.

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Decreasing dependency on oil

This is a huge step from Saudi Arabia in order to decrease their reliance on the oil and focus on different aspects of the economy in order to flourish it even further. Movie theatres will increase the economic growth of the country and provide more employment opportunities to Saudi locals and entertainment points in order to retain their population to spend their money in their own country instead of going abroad for entertainment.

What will be the future of cinema industry in country?

Forecast by the Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia foreshadowed that in the country with 32 million there will be around 350 cinemas by the time of 2030. AMC a Chinese owned entertainment group plans to open around 30 more cinemas in kingdom during next 5 years.  On the other hand Vue International also planning to open 30 multiplexes in Saudi Arabia in coming years. They are planning to open first venue during this year.

“Movies will be subject to censorship in accordance with the media policy standards of Kingdom”

The movies will be censored and it will be made sure that they do not contradict with the Islamic laws or Sharia. According to AMC Saudi cinema industry will grow around 1 billion dollars over the year.


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