Theaters legal after a 30 year ban

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Strict Saudi Arabian religious policing led to the banishment of movie theaters for well over 30 years. Now things may change, says the head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. There are still restrictions, though. The movies are screened and approved by the commission, and places where movies will be screened are thoroughly inspected to make sure that they adhere to strict religious code.

Most Saudis watch videos and TV through DVDs and Satellite in their own homes, and travel to nearby countries to watch a film in a theater.

I can’t believe that the Saudi Arabian government restricts so much regarding to entertainment in their society. I can only hope that things will improve over time as government officials see that entertainment has more benefits than it does negatives.

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