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First cinema to open in Riyadh on Wednesday

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Preparations are in full swing to open the first cinema in Saudi Arabia – ending the 35-year ban which started in the 1970s, Almarsd reported.

AMC Theatres will inaugurate and operate the first cinema at the King Abdulla Financial Centre in Riyadh on Wednesday (April 18).

The US's biggest movie theatre chain received the official licence to operate the movie theatre in the Saudi capital a few days ago.

The US entertainment giant, which signed an agreement with the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information, plans to open 30 cinemas in 15 cities in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is spearheading a wave of reforms to reinvigorate his country’s entertainment industry.

The Saudi government estimates that the entertainment industry has the potential to contribute more than 90 billion riyals ($24 billion) to the national economy and create create 30,000 jobs by 2030.

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