Under the order of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabian officials announced that they would lift the ban on movie theaters late a year ago. At a guess, there's probably not an arcade with malfunctioning Marvel vs Capcom titles, but one can dream.
The past year has seen the start of a huge drive to bring entertainment to Saudi Arabia as part of Vision 2030. A removal of the ban was announced in December by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salam and Black Panther will be getting the first chance to be screened.
The real question now is: How will Black Panther's box office records fare once Infinity War arrives. He is now touring the United States seeking investments to broaden the economy and lessen its dependence on oil. The building has over 600 leather seats and orchestra and balcony floors.
We think it's going to be the prettiest movie theatre in the world.
The announcement that Riyadh will screen the superhero flick is another indicator that Saudi Arabia is changing - and it wants people to notice.
It's the cinematic juggernaut that just keeps on smashing down barriers and breaking records. So Black Panther get to claim the honor of being the first official movie screening in over 30 years, and frankly, is a much better movie to begin with. Hollywood would diversify their films even more, while Saudi Arabia could potentially open up its culture and values.
Saudi Arabia's royal family and religious establishment adhere to an austere form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism, and Islamic codes of behaviour and dress are strictly enforced.