For the time in more than 35-years, Saudi Arabia‘s cinemas has reopened back on 18th of April, showing the Marvel & Disney superhero action movie ” Black Panther ”. According to the world’s biggest cinema chain, AMC reported that the deal was part of the 40 cinemas proposed to be open in 15 Saudi Arabia cities over the next five years.
The conservative Muslim kingdom had cinemas in the 1970s, but they were closed at the behest of hardline Islamic clerics. The past year has seen the start of a huge drive to bring entertainment to Saudi Arabia as part of Vision 2030.
That is the ambitious plan for economic and social reform by the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Both Saudi authorities and cinema operators believe there is a huge untapped market that could generate up to $1bn (£710m) in annual ticket sales through some 350 theatres by 2030.
The first screen to open will be in the King Abdullah Financial District of the capital, and a source told Reuters news agency the first film shown would be Marvel superhero blockbuster, Black Panther.
Report Re-Phrase: BBC