Riyadh (April 19, 2018): Disney’s blockbuster “Black Panther” is being screened in Saudi cinema today (Wednesday), officially ending a decades-long ban on movie theaters in the Kingdom, the decision is a part of a wider change across society.
Saudis see the decision to lift 35-year ban on cinemas as a huge step toward economic and social reforms in the country.Selecting Black Panther as the first movie to be screened in Saudi Arabia after the ban, signaling the dawn of a new age in film making.Initially the audience will head into AMC’s first cinema, located in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District. The building itself was intended to be symphony concert hall, having the capacity of 500 people. It is learnt that within months three more screens to be added.
As per earlier decision between the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) and the American theatrical exhibitor AMC, 30 more cinemas to be opened in 15 different cities in the Kingdom over the next five years.