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RIYADH,Saudi Arabia(AP)–The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood’s blockbuster “Black Panther” premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater.

Though it was a private invitation-only screening on Wednesday evening,for many Saudi’s it marked one of the clearest moments of change to sweep the country in decades.

It’s seen as part of a new era in which women will soon be allowed to drive and people in the Kingdom will be able to go to concerts and fashion shows,and tuck into a bucket of popcorn in cinema.

“It’s a new era,a new age.It’s that simple.Things are changing ,progress is happenning.We’re opening up and we’re catching up with everything that’s happenning in the world,said Rahaf Alhendi,who attended the showing.

Authorities said the public would be able to purchase tickets online on Thursday for showing starting Friday.But there may be delays.

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