A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 18, 2018, shows Saudi Information Minister Awwad Alawwad (C) holding a small bucket of popcorn as he attends a test screening at the AMC cinema in the capital Riyadh, the first test in over three decades. Blockbuster action flick “Black Panther” play at a cinema test screening in Saudi Arabia on April 18, the first in a series of trial runs before movie theatres open to the wider public next month. The conservative kingdom lifted a 35-year ban on cinemas last year as part of a far-reaching liberalisation drive, with US giant AMC Entertainment granted the first licence to operate movie theatres. / AFP PHOTO / Saudi Royal Palace / BANDAR AL-JALOUD / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read BANDAR AL-JALOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
The U.S.-based AMC Theatres operates the cinema. Earlier this month, the company announced it had signed a deal with the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, to open and operate up to 40 theaters in the country over the next five years.
A surprising choice for a first movie in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (as it features a contestant to the throne). I watched it on Singapore Airlines on the way from Zurich to Singapore recently …
Rafiq-/So you have already in Lombok now—