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First Saudi-owned and operated cinema opens in Jeddah

Muvi Cinemas plans to launch 250 screens across the country over the next 24 months

First Saudi-owned and operated cinema opens in Jeddah
Muvi’s first cinema in Jeddah accommodates 1,950 guests in 15 screens.

Saudi Arabia’s first nationally-owned and operated cinema opened its doors to the public for the first time on Friday, according to local news reports.

The report in the Saudi Gazette revealed Muvi Cinemas’ first venue at Mall of Arabia in Jeddah was inaugurated ahead of the opening by Saudi Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al Shabanah.

Muvi’s first cinema in Jeddah accommodates 1,950 guests in 15 screens, and includes 21 seats catering to visitors with special needs.

A first-of-its-kind in the kingdom, the cinema also uses Barco high-resolution screens and the Dolby Atmos surround system, both of which are available in the ‘Xperience’ screen, which also offers seats with smartphone chargers and extended legroom.

Another of the cinema’s features include ‘ScreenX’, in which films are shown via multiple projectors that create a panoramic image on the main screen and side walls simultaneously.

The Saudi Gazette report also notes that the cinema offers a ‘suites’ option which includes a private lounge to meet friends and family before films begin, luxurious motorised reclining leather seats, and a footrest.

Additionally, Muvi has plans to launch a ‘junior screen’ catering to children, which will include a slide to allow them access to their movie.

Muvi Cinemas plans to launch 250 screens across the country over the next 24 months.