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Banned for decades, movie theaters allowed to operate in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it would allow cinemas to operate in the strictly conservative kingdom for the first time in decades, in the latest sign of a broader government push to relax social restrictions, provide popular entertainment for young Saudis and diversify the economy. In a statement, the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information said the process of licensing cinemas, which had been banned in the country since the early 1980s, was under way and that the first cinemas would open early next year.

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