The modernist decision is part of bin Salman's and the government's initiative Vision 2030, which seeks to broaden their country's sources of revenue outside of the oil industry.
"Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate within the kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years", the culture and information ministry said in a statement Monday.
The kingdom said there will be 300 cinemas by 2030, although it was not clear whether most major Hollywood, Bollywood and Arabic releases would be shown and how heavily edited the content will be. "Opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification; by developing the broader cultural sector we will create new employment and training opportunities, as well as enriching the kingdom's entertainment options". It was hardliners such as these who played a leading role in shutting down theaters in the 1980s.
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It certainly appears that they will be needed - Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and information has promised that movies will be censored and edited to ensure that they don't "contradict with Sharia laws and moral values in the Kingdom". The projected revenue is 90 billion riyals (or $24 billion), which will be bolstered by the creation of more than 30,000 jobs, the A.P. notes. In addition, it is still unclear whether cinemas will largely cater to Hollywood, Bollywood, or Saudi Arabian films, and whether theaters will segregate women and men.
"It's spectacular news. We are in a state of shock", Saudi actor and producer Hisham Fageeh told the A.P. They argue it makes no sense to ban cinemas when movies today are readily available online.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has tightened his grip on power through overturning established social norms in the kingdom since his rise to power in 2015.