'Black Panther' will be the first movie publicly shown in Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban on cinema

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  • Marvel’s “Black Panther” will become the first movie to be publicly screened in Saudia Arabia following an end to the country’s 35-year ban on cinema.
  • Variety reported that the film will screen on April 18 at a new AMC-branded theatre in Riyadh, the first theatre to open since the country lifted its ban in December 2017, as part of a push for social and economic reform.
  • AMC Entertainment reportedly plans to open 40 cinemas in Saudi Arabia in the next five years, and up to 100 theatres in the country by the year 2030.
  • “Black Panther” entered the top 10 of the highest-grossing films of all time at the worldwide box office this week, bolstered by a strong showing from international markets.

Marvel’s “Black Panther” will notch another historic milestone this month, as it is set to become the first movie to be publicly screened in Saudia Arabia following an end to the country’s 35-year ban on cinema.

Variety reported that Disney and Italia Film, the studio’s Middle East distribution partner, will release “Black Panther” on April 18 at the country’s new AMC-branded theatre in Riyadh, the first theatre to open since the country lifted the ban in December 2017.

Saudia Arabia’s conservative clerics instituted the ban on cinema in the early 1980s. In December, the country’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted the ban as part of a push for social and economic reform.

According to Variety, AMC Entertainment plans to open 40 cinemas in Saudi Arabia in the next five years, and up to 100 theatres in the country by the year 2030.

“Black Panther” entered the top 10 of the highest-grossing films of all time at the worldwide box office this week. Its success has been bolstered by a surprisingly strong showing in international markets like China.

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