riyad - Saudi Arabia is going to allow public cinemas again for the first time since more than 35 years. The General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started a procedure to issue permits for this, Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad announced on Monday.
He expects the first cinemas to open their doors in March 2018. The conservative Islamic kingdom thus once again takes a step towards social liberalization. In September, King Salman announced that the prohibition on women to drive cars will be lifted next year.