Saudi Arabia to reopen cinemas after 35-year ban

Movie theaters will reopen in Saudi Arabia next year, the country’s Ministry of Culture and Information said Monday. The move is the latest part of a broader reform effort by the ultraconservative country.

“This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the kingdom,” Information Minister Awwad Alawwad said.

The government had earlier lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas that was passed during a particularly conservative era in Saudi history. Saudi Arabia’s top cleric in January had said the “depravity” of films corrupted the country’s morals.

  • Dana Garcia

    How do they eat popcorn through burqas?

    • Shebel

      Only ALLAH knows.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    If I remember correctly, it was right around that time that a few were burned down

    • ontario john

      They will probably show goat porn.

  • Shebel

    What is with the curly headed one that is facing the wrong way?

  • ontario john

    But that goes against basic Islamic teaching that nobody in the world is to have fun.

  • Wow. How “progressive”.

  • David_Martin

    Betcha Wonder Woman won’t be showing anytime soon.

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  • Barrington Minge

    Looks like the muppets have turned up….