Black Panther movie to be screened as first cinema opens in Saudi Arabia after decades

Quoting AMC Chief Executive Adam Aron, the report said that the opening of the theater was “historic day for the movie industry and Saudi Arabia.”

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 18 2018 4:28PM | Updated Date: Apr 18 2018 4:28PM
Black Panther movie to be screened as first cinema opens in Saudi Arabia after decadesBlack Panther movie to be screened as first cinema opens in Saudi Arabia after decades

Marvel's ‘Black Panther’ will be screened today as Saudi Arabia opens its first cinema in the country after a gap of 35 years on Wednesday.

According to a report in CNBC, the superhero blockbuster “is expected to be shown at a new cinema theater” built by U.S.-based AMC Entertainment in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.

Quoting AMC Chief Executive Adam Aron, the report said that the opening of the theater was “historic day for the movie industry and Saudi Arabia.”

"This is quite a historic day in the country of Saudi Arabia, and AMC received the first license to operate movie theaters in this country two weeks ago, and we open tonight," Aron said.

"We heard that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia was thinking about lifting its ban on movie theaters, and we rushed in," he added.

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information announced in early April said that it granted the first cinema operating license to AMC, the largest theatrical exhibitor in the world with approximately 1,000 theaters and 11,000 screens across the globe.

The reopening of cinemas in the kingdom comes as part of social reforms being promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.