In a report published on Reuters on the 11th of December 2017.

It was reported that Saudi Arabia said on Monday that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom for the first time in over 35years,and that the first ones were likely to open next March.

Cinemas were banned in the early 1980s under pressure from Islamists as Saudi society turned towards a restrictive form of the religion that discouraged public entertainment and many forms of  mixing between men and women.

Under reforms led by 32-year-old Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman,the government is easing many of those restrictions,and also plans to lift a ban on women driving next year.It says the economy,hit hard by low oil prices will benefit from the growth of an entertainment industry.


“Openning cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification,”said Minister of Culture and Information,Awwad bin Salah Alawwad.


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