Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Saudi Cinemas

I didn't realize that Saudi Arabia has no movie theaters:
"On December 9, the history was created in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After more than 30 years, a full-length film was accorded commercial, public screenings in Jeddah and Taif for a week.

"The screenings of the Saudi film Manahi had to be approved by Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al Faisal who obliged, and Manahi, produced by the Rotana entertainment group that is controlled by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, saw the light of day on the big screen.

"But with this screening, will movie theatres soon be a reality in the Saudi kingdom? Last year, the Shoura Council had debated a proposal to allow cinemas in the Kingdom, but while some members backed the proposal, others dismissed it as inappropriate in the homeland of Islam."



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