In pictures: Saudi Arabia reopens movie theaters

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday unveiled its first cinema in over 35 years with a private screening of the blockbuster "Black Panther", the first in a series of trial runs before movie theatres open to the wider public. The invitation-only gala event comes after the conservative kingdom lifted the 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. AMC chief executive Adam Aron said ticket sales will commence on Thursday for the first public shows on Friday.
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Saudi Information Minister Awwad Alawwad (C) placing his right palm on a plastic plinth depicting a star at the AMC cinema in the capital Riyadh upon arriving to attend the first test screening 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.
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Two actors perform in front of the AMC logo during a cinema test screening in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.
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Saudi Information Minister Awwad Alawwad (R) and AMC Entertainment's chief executive Adam Aron posing for a photograph at the AMC cinema in Riyadh.
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A Saudi arrives to attend a cinema test screening in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.
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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.
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Saudi men take the escalator during a cinema test screening in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.
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Saudi Information Minister Awwad Alawwad giving a speech at the AMC cinema in Riyadh.
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A woman poses for photographs during a cinema test screening in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.
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Mime actors holding another outside the AMC cinema in the capital Riyadh ahead of the first test film screening in over three decades.
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A Saudi man poses for a photograph during a cinema test screening in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.
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A Saudi private security officer stands during a cinema test screening in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.
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A Saudi man takes a picture of the AMC logo during a cinema test screening in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.
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Mime actor standing behind a model vintage cinema camera at the entrance of the AMC cinema in the capital Riyadh ahead of the first test film screening in over three decades.
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A Saudi man looks at a car during a cinema test screening in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.
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A Saudi woman eats popcorn at the AMC cinema during a test screening in Riyadh on April 18, 2018.