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Black Panther Will Officially Break Saudi Arabia's Cinema Ban

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Deanna Wagner | 07 April, 2018, 00:33

Marvel's superhero blockbuster Black Panther will mark the end of a almost three-decade ban on cinema in Saudi Arabia.

The Disney blockbuster will receive a gala premiere at an AMC-branded cinema located in a financial district of the country's capital city of Riyadh. Saudi Arabian leaders banned films in the early 1980s after adopting strict religious societal standards in 1979.

And on top of all it's achieved at the box office, and in the wider Hollywood bubble, Black Panther is on course to make cinematic history yet again, as it will end Saudi Arabia's cinema ban.

AMC CEO Adam Aron, left, receives a licence to open and operate cinemas in Saudi Arabia from Awwad Al-Awwad, the country's minister of culture and information, in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia announced the lift of its theater ban back in December 2017.

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Disney, AMC and Italia Film did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment. It's the first of many high-end theaters that are scheduled to open across the oil-rich nation in the next few years. The building was originally meant to be a symphony concert hall.

So Black Panther get to claim the honor of being the first official movie screening in over 30 years, and frankly, is a much better movie to begin with.

Black Panther will show for five days followed by Avengers: Infinity War on April 26. Variety also reports it's going to be a posh experience, as the cinema is a repurposed symphony hall with "more than 600 leather seats" and "marble bathrooms". The movie is about a closed society with a monarchy that ultimately opens up to the world.

Also, one of the best things about "Black Panther" is its strong representation of women in all walks of life.