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AMC Helps Bring Saudi Arabia Back Into The 21st Century With First Movie Theater In Decades

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AMC Theaters announced the opening of a movie theater in Saudi Arabia Wednesday and claimed to have plans to open 100 theaters in 25 Saudi cities by the year 2030.

The theater will be located in Riyadh and will officially open on April 18, Fox Business reports. This marks the first time in 35 years the government of Saudi Arabia has allowed a commercial movie theater to operate.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Awwad Alawwad, released a statement calling it “the opening of very significant opportunities for exhibitors,” according to Fox Business.

“We expect this to be a very lucrative opportunity for AMC,” said AMC’s Chief Executive Adam Aron in a conference call with Fox Business. “If we can open up to 100 movie theaters in Saudi Arabia, in a country where there is literally no capacity now, we think the market will have staggering levels of pent-up demand.”

There is still no word on whether the theater will admit women or if they segregate customers and the issue of censorship is still on the table.

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