The kingdom of Saudi Arabia had some cinemas in the 1970s but the clerical establishment persuaded the authorities to close them
The chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) said last April that he sees cinemas returning to the Kingdom.
Yesterday, September 28, 2017, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel tweeted (at 9.19 pm): “Cinemas are coming to Saudi Arabia. Ready?”
The reported reopening of movie screens in Saudi Arabia is seen as part of reforms sweeping across the Kingdom since King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz came to power — and comes hot on the heels of a landmark Royal decree allowing women to drive.
In the April interview with Reuters, GEA chairman Ahmed Al Khatib said conservatives who criticised the reforms were gradually learning that most Saudis, a majority of whom are under 30, wanted these changes.