Saudi Arabia Renews Commitment to Broader Coalition on Syria

Saudi Arabia Renews Commitment to Broader Coalition on Syria

He added, "This is quite a historic day in the country of Saudi Arabia, and AMC received the first license to operate movie theaters in this country two weeks ago, and we open tonight".

Now it's the turn of "Black Panther".

Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theater on Wednesday, ending a almost 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

Despite limited access, the screenings mark another milestone under social and economic reforms spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. AMC is owned by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, which focuses on multinational ventures in the entertainment industry.

The latest news about patents comes at a time when Saudi Arabia has put focus on digital transformation and improvement of opportunities in diverse fields, from technology and tourism to arts and entrepreneurship.

Massive Demand is Expected as Saudi Arabia Opens Public Cinemas

A Saudi man looks at a auto during a test screening of Black Panther in Riyadh on April 18, 2018. It aims to have around 350 movie theaters with more than 2,500 screens by 2030. However, the release of "Black Panther" will be more traditional in the sense that citizens will visit an AMC Theatre to view it. In 1983, the ban on publicly released cinema arose as a result of stricter laws banning the co-mingling of men and women in public spaces.

Confetti rained down through the multi-story atrium as he and the Saudi information minister announced the official launch of the theater and proceeded into the 450-seat movie hall. Increasing the freedom of cinema within the country and allowing more Western cinema into Saudi Arabian theaters is a visible change in the everyday lives of the Saudi Arabian people.

The Vision project seeks to revive cinema as a way to give citizens the ability to experience entertainment in ways that have been banned for longer than most of the country's citizens have been alive. Antonio Guterres commended the cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Nations in many regional and worldwide issues, stressing that this cooperation has become a fundamental principle of our work, SPA reported.

Adding that the Saudi government had already approved films to follow "Black Panther", including "Rampage" and an approved a cut of "The Avengers".

The opening was overseen by the Development and Investment Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and a partner with AMC in the new cinema complex.

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