Vox Cinemas to open 600 new screens in Saudi Arabia

Saudi's cinema ban ends with the screening of this superhero hit

Just a day after AMC's historic opening in Riyadh on April 18, the Middle East's biggest regional theater chains Vox announced that it too had been awarded a licence to operate in the kingdom and would be opening Saudi Arabia's first multiplex in the coming days.

Authorities said the public would be able to purchase tickets online on Thursday for showings starting Friday.

The waves of changes are sweeping across the Saudi Kingdom since a while now, the first ever Saudi fashion week kicked off last week and now the first ever cinema in over 35 years for Saudi Arab has been opened officially with a private screening of the blockbuster "Black Panther".

The VOX Cinemas' Riyadh Park experience will include four screens located within the most significant Magic Planet Family Entertainment Centre in the region.

Saudi Arabia also had an economic motivation for the 2017 overturn of the longstanding ban on women drivers.

Saudi Arabian public movie theaters began shutting down in the late 1970s after the country adopted ultraconservative Islamic law. Saudi Arabia's highest-ranking cleric warned previous year of the "depravity" of cinemas while urging the government "not to open doors for evil".

Aron said, "This is a historic day for AMC. Women here have been waiting for years for a time to shine", said Marriam Mossalli, a luxury consultant in Jeddah, the New York Times reported.

The social reforms undertaken by the 32-year-old heir to the throne are part of his so-called Vision 2030, a blueprint for Saudi Arabia that aims to boost local spending and create jobs amid sustained lower oil prices.

AMC, which is owned by Chinese property and entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, has plans to open at least 30 cinemas across the kingdom in the next five years.

Saudis now splurge billions of dollars annually to see films and visit amusement parks in neighboring tourist hubs like Dubai and Bahrain. Some powerful religious voices still oppose the opening.

Black Panther was also subject to similar regulations.

To adhere to the kingdom's norms on gender segregation, certain screenings may be held for families and others for male-only crowds.

AMC said men and women would be able to sit together at the gala screening.

The smell of buttery popcorn filled the air as confetti rained down through the multi-story atrium where Aron and Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad al-Awwad announced the launch and proceeded into the 450-seat hall.

However Marvel superhero flick Black Panther can now add another title to its Wikipedia page.

"We want to ensure the movies are in line with our culture and respect for values".

"For those that would like to come and enjoy watching the movie at the movie theater, they are more than welcome", he said.

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