Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Cinemas, Twitterati Hails the Decision

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Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Cinemas, Twitterati Hails the Decision

Cinema was banned in Saudi Arabia for 35 years and this news comes as a welcome relief to the people of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia on Monday declared that public cinemas will now be allowed in the conservative Islam dominated country and the first cinemas will most likely open next year. Commercial cinemas can come back as early as April in the country according to several sources at Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Some companies are even pitching themselves as potential film distributors for Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is known for its strict laws and follows Islamic guidelines to the tee. Recently, the country lifted the ban on women driving and allowed its female population the right to drive in public. This new announcement has met with applause and euphoria around the country. Riyadh and Jeddah being the country’s two largest cities are expecting to see the opening of the state-of-the-art multiplexes. The news was welcomed by social media users and Twitter users hailed the decision.

Tim Richards, CEO of UK-based Vue Entertainment was invited to an investment conference in Riyadh in October and following that his company is going to be the most probable operator of the first cinemas in the country. Tim Richards at the conference spoke about recliner seats and the fact that two thirds of the country’s population is below the age of 30 years and avid consumers of YouTube. Twitterati were quick to hail the decision and were of the opinion that finally things are changing for the good. Sample a few tweets below. After Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Women Driving, Car Companies Share Innovative & Empowering #SaudiWomenCanDrive Ads

Cinema not haram anymore

Progressive step

Things are getting better

Shocked to know that cinema was banned for 35 years

Ryan Reynolds is also tagged

What will be the conditions of this ban lift?

Mohammed Bin Salman’s Vision 2030

This news comes as a welcome relief for a lot of people who are looking forward to cinema being back in their country. Saudi Arabians who are devoid of cinematic experience in their own country usually flock to neighbouring UAE and Bahrain to watch movies. This move comes also because of the revenue that would get generated from the sale of cinema and entertainment. According to reports, Saudis spend around $20bn a year overseas on shopping and entertainment trips and now the government wants to tap back on this revenue.