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Saudi Arabia launches first new cinema, public showings start Friday

19 April 2018

Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theatre yesterday. The latest modernization led by the crown prince will end a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas in the country. A red carpet invitation-only gala event attracted senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and select industry figures to watch Marvel's superhero movie "Black Panther". 

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday for the first public viewings on Friday, according to the chief executive of operator AMC Entertainment Holdings.