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April 20 2018, 12:30 | Irvin Gilbert
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The "Black Panther" gala will mark the first public screening in the kindgom after movie theaters where banned in the early 1980's, after Saudi Arabia adopted ultraconservative religious standards in 1979. But Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, says he wants to modernize his country.
The newest developments in African culture - lifting the ban on women driving, relaxing requirements about what to utilize and permitting them to sports functions - arrived in front of bin Salman's US allure offensive that saw him schmoozing with Silicon Valley executives and fulfilling with President Trump.
The movie's premiere will take place on April 18 in AMC's first Saudi Arabian theater, which was built in the King Abdullah financial district of Riyadh, the country's capital.
We already knew Saudi cinemas were making a comeback, because culture minister Awwad Alwwad announced in December the cinema ban was fin. Three more screens will be added by mid-summer. 'It's a dramatic building'. By 2030, the country hopes to open about 350 cinemas that could earn an annual $1 billion at box offices and create 30,000 permanent jobs. But being a "moviegoer" within Saudi Arabia will be a novelty for many.
It's the cinematic juggernaut that just keeps on smashing down barriers and breaking records. 'Major Hollywood studios are showing films all over the Middle East'. Saudi audiences can also look forward to live entertainment, as Disney on Ice and Cirque du Soleil will touring in the kingdom soon.
The GEA also said it reached a deal for other live shows such as Disney on Ice.