Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Black Panther will be the first movie shown when Saudi Arabia opens its first cinema in 35 years – acquiring a conclusion to a ban the deeply conservative country. The Marvel blockbuster will be screened at a gala premier in the capital Riyadh on 18 April. The plush new film’s main theatre will be built with 500 leather seats, orchestra and balcony levels, and additionally marble bathrooms. Three more screens will be included by mid-summer. The move takes after an deal with AMC Entertainment Holdings to open up to 40 theatres across the nation amid the following five years. Not at all like other public venues in the nation, the cinemas won’t be segregated by gender. The initial moves towards lifting the ban got going in January this year when feature length films for children were screened in a stopgap cinema equipped with a popcorn machine in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. AMC’s first cinema will be situated in the King Abdullah financial district in a building initially planned to be an symphony concert hall, AMC CEO Adam Aron said. He included: “We believe it will be the prettiest movie theatre in the world. It’s an dramatic building.” Culture and information minister Awwad Alawwad stated: “The restoration of cinemas will… help support the local economy by increasing family spending on entertainment while supporting job creation in the Kingdom.” John Fithian, leader of the US-based National Association of Theatre Owners, met Saudi authorities in Riyadh in December to discuss about what sort of material the films would be permitted to grandstand. He said he accepted most Hollywood films will be permitted, however some will require altering. Mr Aron included that he expected similar versions of movies appeared in Dubai or Kuwait would be viewed as reasonable for audience in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom’s cinema were closed down in the 1970s by its powerful clerics.