First Film Shown in Saudi Arabia After 35-Year Cinema Ban: Emoji Movie

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Wow, sometimes we do not realize how we take some of the smallest things in life for granted living in America! Simple things like going to the movies are luxuries in some countries, and even banned in others!

Saudi Arabia has been taking steps towards catching up with modern countries. They have finally allowed women to get a driver’s license, and they also lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinema movies in December.

Can you imagine that? Not being allowed to go to the movies?

Reuters reported:

Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children’s films this weekend in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom.

The first permanent theaters could open as early as March, part of a liberalizing reform drive that has already opened the door to concerts, comedy shows and women drivers over the past year.

For now, the authorities are sponsoring temporary settings, like the state-run cultural hall in the Red Sea city of Jeddah equipped with a projector, a red carpet and a popcorn machine.

The first movie legally shown in the country after three and a half decades was “The Emoji Movie,” followed up by  “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.”

Even though they are taking these steps towards becoming a more liberal country, the government still reserves the right to censor movies as they deem fit.

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