Vox to open multiplex cinema in Riyadh in "coming days"

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In the 1970s, there were informal movie screenings, but the experience could be interrupted by the country's religious police. And what better way to kick off the first film screening in over three decades than with the Marvel Studios juggernaut Black Panther?

Following the formal ribbon cutting ceremony, guests filed into the cinema to watch the Hollywood blockbuster, Black Panther.

The theater located in Riyadh is the first of 100 multiplexes AMC plans to open within the next few years.

The ban was put in place during the Eighties under Islamists who opposed the public mixing of men and women and public entertainment.

OPEC's new price hawk Saudi Arabia seeks oil as high as $100
Brent crude oil futures (LCOc1) were at $72.17 per barrel at 0539 GMT, up 59 cents, or 0.8 percent, from their last close. To compare, a week earlier, refineries churned out 10.2 million bpd of gasoline and 5.3 million bpd of distillate.

The deeply conservative Muslim kingdom is ending a almost 40-year ban on commercial cinemas, which were shuttered in the early 1980s under pressure from Islamists but are returning through a modernising drive by the reform-minded crown prince.

"Today, we mark a major step in fulfilling our commitment to improving the lives of all in the Kingdom, a key pillar of Vision 2030", he added. It's a stark reversal for a country where public movie screenings were banned in the 1980's during a wave of conservativism that swept Saudi Arabia then. This was one of the many reforms the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is trying to bring into Saudi's economy, by opening it further to the world. Scenes of violence were not cut, but a final scene involving a kiss was chopped. It's that simple. Things are changing, progress is happening.

Around 350 cinemas will be set up with more than 2,500 screens by 2030, from which they hope to earn Dollars 1 billion through ticket sale.

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