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Black Panther to get historic screening in Saudi Arabia

HISTORIC: Black Panther (Photo credit: Disney)

BLACK PANTHER is set to break another record, after becoming the first film to screen to the public in a movie theater in Saudi Arabia since it lifted a 35-year cinema ban

The Hollywood Reporter learned that the record-breaking Marvel film will be given a gala premiere on April 18 in Riyadh at the first AMC-branded cinema, which was announced Wednesday (Apr 4).

The 620-seater theater — set to open less than four months after the ban lifting was announced in December — is a converted symphony hall in the King Abdullah Financial District, and is the first of hundreds of cinemas planned to open in the next decade. “We think it’s going to be the prettiest movie theater in the world,” AMC CEO Adam Aron said.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the chain plans to open up to 100 theaters across 25 different cities in Saudi Arabia by 2030; up to 40 of those locations, spread across 15 cities, are expected to open within the next five years.

Black Panther is set to play for five days in Riyadh and will be followed by Avengers: Infinity War, which is being given a day-and-date release on April 26.

Black Panther has dominated the box office since its release on February 16, with the film crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide in March.

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