Saudi Minister of Culture and Information launches first cinema in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia AMC, the first cinema complex in Riyadh

In a spectacular new theater in King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Cinema has returned to Saudi Arabia this week with the first cinema in Riyadh in 35 years.

Dr. Awwad Alawwad, the Saudi Minister of Culture and Information, and Adam Aron, chief executive and president of AMC Entertainment, joined diplomats and industry experts for the opening ceremony in the first in a series of invitation-only screenings during April.

The gala screening of the movie Black Panther was attended by hundreds of invited guests in the stunning state of the art complex.

“I know for sure that Saudis are very eager to be able to watch their favorite films here in their own country, as now made possible by Vision 2030. This is a landmark moment in the transformation of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society. None of this would be possible without the visionary leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.” Dr. Alawwad said before the screening.

The cinema will open to the public Friday April 20th 2018. And three more screens will be added to the cinema complex by September. By 2030, Saudi Arabia plans to open nearly 350 cinemas, with more than 2,500 screens.