Saudi Arabia ends ban on cinemas after 35 years, screens Hollywood's Black Panther


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Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas on Tuesday. The kingdom's lifting of the ban is part of "Vision 2030," a major reform effort spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Crown Prince has made several moves toward creating a more modern society in Saudi Arabia. NEWS SOURCE: Saudi Arabia ended a 35-year ban on cinemas, pointing to the Crown Prince’s hopes for modernization Rosie Perper Dec. 13, 2017, 11:56 PM; www.businessinsider.com/crown-prince-is-modernizing-saudi-arabia-2017-12.
Saudi Arabia is now allowing movie theaters to operate 35 years after the cinema ban was implemented. In the 1980s, the Saudi Arabian government ceased the operations of cinemas, which was a move prompted by the country’s conservative culture and the notion that Western movies are immoral. But in December last year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman decided to lift the ban as part of the modernization plans for the country. Black Panther, one of Hollywood’s box-office hits, was the first Western film screened in cinemas in Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, / riˈyɑd / after the ban’s lifting. The film revolves around the fictional African kingdom called Wakanda, which is ruled by a young king who decided to utilize its resources for the common good. (SOURCE: Saudi Arabia Lifts Cinema Ban by RareJob; Posted May 17, 2018; https://www.rarejob.com/dna/2018/05/17/saudi-arabia-lifts-cinema-ban/)

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