CAIRO - 7 August 2019: Movie Cinema Company launched its first cinema in Saudi Arabia in Jeddah amid a remarkable welcome from film enthusiasts in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Information, Turki Al-Shabana, attended the inauguration of the new cinema in Arab Mall, and watched a part of a film.
Saudi journalists spread out in the halls of the newly opened cinema and took photos to document the event, which is still remarkable in a country where cinemas were not allowed to be established until April 2018 due to prohibition based on religious interpretations.
The new film theater consists of 15 screens. It is the first Saudi company to enter the film sector and join the Emirati company, Vox Cinema, which launched the first cinema in Jeddah at the Red Sea Mall.
Saudi Arabia is seeking to create around 350 cinemas, with a total of more than 2500 screens by 2030.
2030 marks the end of a major economic reformation in the country, where Saudi Arabia hopes to sell tickets for about $1 billion a year.