It’s a great day for lovers of cinema in Saudi Arabia. It was revealed this week that AMC will be opening the country’s first theater in two weeks. This is coming after Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas.
The CEO of AMC revealed this theater will be the prettiest movie theater in the world. It was originally a standalone symphony concert hall that is now being remodeled. It will feature a “dramatic” exterior and marble bathrooms.
“As part of Wednesday’s announcement, AMC also said it expected to open up to 40 cinemas in 15 Saudi Arabian cities within five years and up to 100 in 25 cities by 2030, part of a goal to achieve ‘approximately a 50 percent market share of the Saudi Arabian movie theater industry.'”
So, will there be restrictions on what can be shown inside this theater? Yes. They want major Hollywood films, but only the ones that are “appropriate for the Middle East.”
But it’s still a step in the right direction, and we’re sure the people there are really excited about the theater.