Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would likely to open the first public cinema in the kingdom early next year.
The General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process to issue licenses to the cinemas in the kingdom. Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad, Minister of culture and information, said that the first cinema is expected to open in March 2018.
In the earlier statement, the former chairman of the Saudi Cinema Committee, Fahd al Tamimi said that the cinemas will be opened before the end of the current year, 2017. He added that there is nothing wrong in the law of the Ministry of Culture and Information that prevent cinema halls to be opened in the Saudi kingdom.
Saudi Arabia had some cinemas in the 1970s that are still banned by the Saudi government, but the concerts have already started taking place accord the kingdom.