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The cinema will be operated by US-based firm AMC, which signed a deal with Riyadh earlier this month, stating that AMC will open 30 to 40 movie theatres in 15 cities across the kingdom within five years.

Now it's the turn of "Black Panther". The themes in the movie, set in a fictional land, are notable as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates his power and tries to persuade the world that he is reshaping his country to be more open and modern.

Senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and select industry figures are expected to watch Marvel's superhero movie "Black Panther" at the inaugural event.

18 de abril de 2018, 09:24Riyadh, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) After a 30-year ban on the enjoyment of cinema art in the country, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will open today a new theater with the box-office hit USA movie Black Panther. AMC is owned by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, which focuses on multinational ventures in the entertainment industry.

"This is a landmark moment in the transformation of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society".

A Saudi man looks at a auto during a test screening of Black Panther in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.

"Saudis now are going to be able to go to a lovely theater and watch movies the way they're supposed to be watched: on a big screen", he told Reuters ahead of the screening.

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Other Black Order members are Ebony Maw, voiced by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Cull Obsidian, played by Terry Notary . Per Mashable , Russo explained that Thor would be playing a very important role in " Avengers: Infinity War ".

This evolution of the cinematic viewing experience in Saudi Arabia comes after decades of strict viewing laws.

This will allow Saudi Arabia to modernize and capitalize on its wealth through the use of media and cinema.

Saudis see the decision to lift 35-year ban on cinemas as a huge step toward economic and social reforms in the country, adapting to a 21st century where oil wealth will not be enough to fund government spending and create jobs in the Kingdom of more than 33 million population.

Although the release of "Black Panther" is a small step in an ongoing battle and there is still much progress to be made, the possibility of seeing T'Challa charge onto the screens of Saudi Arabian AMC Theaters indicates that the film's effects are not only national but also global.

According to the ministry, it was the first time for Qatar to take part in military drills alongside Saudi Arabia since the latter cut ties with Doha last summer.

But things are changing even as Prince Mohammed cracks down all forms of dissent against his vision for a new Saudi Arabia.

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