March 1, the Ministry of culture of Saudi Arabia has issued licenses to the first cinemas open in the Kingdom after 35 years of the ban imposed under pressure from conservatives. Since the beginning of the 80s the Saudis in order to watch a movie in the cinema, were forced to travel to neighboring Bahrain.
The implementation of the reform of the entertainment industry in Saudi Arabia started in January of this year. The first film shows took place in the Congress Palace in Jeddah. Its chamber has been installed video equipment, and the lobby had red carpet and a machine for the production of popcorn. For «premiere» was elected to a full-length animated movies suitable for family viewing.
By 2030, Saudi Arabia plans to open 300 multiplex with 2 thousand rooms. It will employ 30 thousand people. It is assumed that revenues to the Treasury will amount to $ 24 billion.