Black Panther opens Saudi Arabia’s theatres after 35 years of Black out

Saudi Arabia announced it would allow cinemas to open in the country as part of its economic overhaul, dubbed Vision 2030.

AMC Theatre in Saudi. Photo Courtesy
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Saudi Arabia has ended her 35 years ban of movie theatres, and Lupita Nyong’o’s Black Panther was the first movie to be screened.

Late last year, Saudi Arabia announced it would allow cinemas to open in the country as part of its economic overhaul, dubbed Vision 2030.

America’s biggest movie theater company, AMC, played the Hollywood blockbuster on Wednesday at its new single-screen cinema in the financial district of the capital Riyadh.

Before the ban, Saudi men and women are customarily separated in public places. But that restriction is being relaxed. According to reports by CNN, there was no segregation when theaters opened to the public. However, moviegoers would be able to choose between mixed, male-only and female-only screenings.

The movies screened in Saudi will be subject to censorship according to media policy standards of the Kingdom, to ensure they comply with Saudi values and principles and do not contradict Sharia, or Islamic, law.

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