Saudi Arabia launches new movie theatre as decades-long cinema ban ends

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

However, on the bright side recently Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that abaya is not mandatory in Islam.

A red carpet invitation-only gala event attracted senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and select industry figures to watch Marvel's superhero movie "Black Panther" on a 45-foot screen at a converted symphony concert hall in Riyadh. AMC is owned by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, which focuses on multinational ventures in the entertainment industry.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters last month that theaters would not be segregated by gender like most other public places, but it remains unclear how heavily movies might be censored.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed is working to break up with Saudi Arabia due to disapproval of Saudi policies in the region, according to secret diplomatic documents published by Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar.

This evolution of the cinematic viewing experience in Saudi Arabia comes after decades of strict viewing laws.

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"AMC has been extraordinarily impressed by the imagination to move Saudi Arabia forward as detailed in Vision 2030, and we have been emboldened by the professional, gracious and warm welcome we have received from the Ministry of Culture and Information, from the Public Investment Fund and from every Saudi institution and individual with whom we have been in contact", Adam Aron, CEO AMC Entertainment, said in a news release.

The Saudi government projects that the opening of movie theatres will contribute more than 90 billion riyals ($24 billion) to the economy and create more than 30,000 jobs by 2030. Saudi Arabia plans to open almost 350 cinemas, with more than 2,500 screens, by 2030.

Although the release of "Black Panther" is a small step in an ongoing battle and there is still much progress to be made, the possibility of seeing T'Challa charge onto the screens of Saudi Arabian AMC Theaters indicates that the film's effects are not only national but also global.

KAFD, which is hosting the first AMC Cinemas complex, is Saudi Arabia's Central Business District which will provide modern, integrated and mixed-use areas, comprising high quality office, residential and hospitality space.

This year, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) ranked seventh among the top 10 universities in the world in terms of the number of patents granted.

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