Black Panther To Become 1st Film shown in Saudi Arabian Cinemas in 35 years
Black Panther continues to make history. The Marvel film is to become the first film shown in Saudi Arabian theaters in 35 years. According to reports, they will receive a gala premiere in Riyadh on 18 April as part of a deal done by US theatre chain AMC that will see 40 theaters open in Saudi cities over the next five years.
Saudi Arabia had heaters in the 1970s, but its powerful clerics closed them, reflecting rising Islamist influence throughout the Arab region at the time.
In 2017, the government said it would lift the ban as part of ambitious economic and social reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
AMC’s first cinema will be located in the King Abdullah financial district. Three more screens will be added by mid-summer.
Black Panther was directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. In Black Panther, T’Challa returns home as king of Wakanda but finds his sovereignty challenged by a new adversary, in a conflict with global consequences.