Saudi Arabia has officially lifted a ban that has been in place for about 35 years on public movie theaters, Deadline reports.
“The move had been expected,” the report notes. “Deadline reported last month that an initiative was afoot to build and open cinemas after being a focus of the Future Investment Initiative conference held in Riyadh in October.”
The report quotes Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad saying today: “Opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification; by developing the broader cultural sector we will create new employment and training opportunities, as well as enriching the Kingdom’s entertainment options.”
The first movie theaters are expected to open in March.