Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Movie Theaters After 35 Years

Conservative Saudis and the country’s Islamic clerical establishment have typically frowned upon non-religious forms of entertainment, including cinema and music. Religious police still patrol shopping malls and gender segregation is enforced across the kingdom.

The government didn’t say whether the cinemas would have family-only sections, or different show times for men. Movies would be edited according to the “standards of the Kingdom” and would not “contradict with Sharia Laws and moral values,” according to a ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Movie Theaters After 35 Years – Bloomberg

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