Cinema makes a return to Saudi after 35 years Apr 21, 2018 0 75 12345 AFPRiyadhSaudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom's debut theatre in Riyadh.Clutching prized tickets for the sold-out showing of Hollywood blockbuster action film"Black Panther", men and women walked into the movie hall with tubs of popcorn and fizzy drinks.AMC chief executive Adam Aron on Wednesday said its multiplex theatre at Riyadh's King Abdullah Financial District will for now operate one screen with a seating capacity of around 250. He said plans were afoot for three more screens in the coming months.Reopening movie theatres is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious reform drive as he seeks to balance unpopular subsidy cuts in an era of low oil prices with more entertainment options.The choice of"Black Panther", a film about a young monarch of a fictional resource-rich African kingdom, has drawn parallels with the Saudi prince.On social media, many Saudis complained that the ticket price of 75 Saudi riyals ($20), which included a new entertainment tax and value-added tax introduced this year, was too exorbitant in an age of austerity. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Western powers amend UN Syria draft resolution Apr 21, 2018 0 26 Gaza protesters use fiery kites as a new tactic Apr 21, 2018 0 24 Israeli troops kill four more Palestinians at Gaza border Apr 21, 2018 0 22 Portman drops out of Israel function over 'troubling events' AFP Jerusalem Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has cancelled her participation in a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million (1.6 million euro) prize, saying she was troubled by"recent events"in .. Iraq pays first war reparations to Kuwait since 2014 Geneva: Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been dead for more than a decade but Kuwait is still receiving reparations for his 1990 invasion, with the latest tranche of $90 million approved on Friday.The payment was the .. Saudis intercept ballistic missile from Yemen: Coalition Jeddah: Saudi air defences intercepted a"ballistic missile"fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom's southern coastal city of Jizan, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels said. It was the latest in a series of .. Turkish parliament approves snap elections on June 24 AFP Ankara The Turkish parliament on Friday swiftly passed a motion confirming snap elections will take place on June 24 in line with a decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The motion presented in parliament ..