Saudi Arabia lifts 35 years old ban

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Saudi Arabia lifts 35 years old ban

RIYADH - Movie theaters in Saudi Arabia this week will screen an Egyptian film for the first time following the reversal of a 35-year ban on public cinemas.

Entitled “Al-Badla”, or “The Suit”, the movie is set to debut in the kingdom on Thursday, starred well-known Egyptian singer/actor Tamer Hosny.

In February, Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year ban on public cinemas, drawing varied reactions from Saudi citizens.

The Saudi authorities had banned public cinemas in the mid-1980s.

The ban’s reversal comes as part of a raft of reforms introduced by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who last year also announced his decision to allow women to drive - a move that went into effect in June.