Saudi Arabia Ends 35 year Cinema Ban with Black Panther

Black Panther will be the first movie played in Saudi Arabia in 35 years

April 5, 2018
Chadwick Boseman

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Black Panther continues to crush the competition. It is now the 4th highest grossing movie of all time and now it's going international.

Check out what Variety Magazine has to say:

" “Black Panther” is set to break Saudi Arabia’s 35-year cinema ban.

Disney and its Middle East distribution partner, Italia Film, will be releasing the Marvel superhero blockbuster  April 18 in a new AMC-branded movie theater in Riyadh with a gala premiere, an Italia Film spokesman said.

The “Black Panther” bow will mark the first screening of a film release in the kindgom since movie theaters were banned in the early 1980s, after Saudi Arabia adopted ultraconservative religious standards in 1979. Removal of the ban, announced last December, is part of a drive by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to transform Saudi society.

“Black Panther” will inaugurate the new Saudi era in a luxurious cinema in a building originally intended to be a symphony concert hall. The facility, in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District, has more than 600 leather seats, on orchestra and balcony levels, and marble bathrooms."

Sounds fancy, right? #WakandaForever