Conservative Saudi might be getting its first movie theatre

Published December 15th, 2015 - 07:35 GMT
A monumental election and a new thing to do in the Kingdom, all in one week. (AFP/File)
A monumental election and a new thing to do in the Kingdom, all in one week. (AFP/File)

Saudi Arabia is already getting more attention than usual this week after a monumental election saw at least four female candidates take office. But another change is also afoot in the conservative kingdom—soon, they may also have a movie theatre.

On Sunday, the country's cinema committee (which apparently, is also a thing) announced plans to open the country's first-ever theatre, Al Arabiya reports.

An initial agreement has been signed for an establishment in the capital Riyadh, the news outlet said, where it would house activities that are "committed to the Islamic and traditional values of Saudi Arabia."

Movie theatres have been famously banned in the Kingdom until now. But this process is apparently a long time coming—in June 2014, Al Arabiya reported that an investor had requested a license from the Saudi General Commission of Audiovisual Media with the goal of establishing cinemas there. 

Back then, the Ministry of Information and the consultative Shura Council said no details—positive or negative—had been revealed about the case. More than a year later, looks like a similar request actually made it. 

 

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