In his statement on the matter, Minister of Culture and Information, Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said:
“As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom."
”We expect the first cinemas to open in March 2018," he added.
The news broke on Twitter early Monday
Sparking a complete online frenzy
People just can't even
It's been a long wait...
"We've longed for this moment"
"This is a historic moment"
"Sabah el cinema"
Everyone's day has been made...
"Alf, malyoon, mabrook"
Saudi's entertainment scene is transforming under Vision 2030
In 2016, the kingdom established the General Authority for Entertainment, headed by Amr al-Madani, to enhance the cultural and entertainment sector within the country.
In early January, Al Madani stated that the ban on cinemas will be lifted in the country, revealing that movie theaters were expected to open soon.
His statements, which were a signal of a new era for entertainment in the country, have finally been confirmed.
Led by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salam, the ambitious blueprint has already led to major transformations in the ultra-conservative kingdom.