Saudi Arabia is going to open its first movie theater after decades in the capital of the country, Riyadh.

Last time we checked, a cinema in a country like Saudi Arabia was a big no-no. But according to the latest news, the country will be opening its first movie theater after 35 years.

Saudi Arabia has joined hands with AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC.N), also known as the world’s largest cinema chain and has agreed to open up 40 theaters all around the country in the next five years. Also by 2030, nearly 350 cinemas with 2,500 screens will be opened for the people residing in Saudi Arabia.


The Muslim Kingdom had some cinemas 35 years from now, but were shut down close by some powerful clerics within the country during the 1970s.

“The opening of cinema theatres will help support the local economy keeping the spending by families within Saudi Arabia in addition to contributing to creating new job opportunities in the Kingdom.” said Awwad Al-Awwad, the Saudi Minister of Culture and Information.

The first movie that will be played in the Saudi cinema is Black Panther, the latest superhero movie by Marvel. As per a report, it was confirmed that this Marvel’s movie will be receiving a gala premiere on the 18th of April in Riyadh.

It has also been reported that there will be no segregation in the movie theater like there is in other public places in the Muslim Kingdom.

Adam Aron, the CEO of AMC said that “We are looking forward to providing entertainment services that will enable everyone to spend an enjoyable time playing world-class film shows across the Kingdom,” 

Since the news of the ban being lifted from the country, many other theater companies have been thinking of building their cinemas in Saudi Arabia. This will be happening only if they receive the clearance.

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