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‘Black Panther’ to be publicly screened in Saudi Arabia, breaking 35-year cinema ban

KC Orcutt

 // Apr 5, 2018

Black Panther has been steadily making history since it first hit box offices in February. From becoming the tenth highest grossing film of all time worldwide to making over a billion dollars and counting, there are many ways (besides the numbers) to name the successes of the Marvel epic.

In addition to making history at the box office, the film is also breaking cultural boundaries across the globe. As reported, the film has been selected to become the first publicly-viewed movie in Saudi Arabia since the 1980s, breaking a cinema ban that has been in effect for the past 35 years.

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According to Variety, Black Panther will mark the first screening of a film since the kingdom adopted ultraconservative religious standards in 1979 that led to the ban. Decades later, the ban's removal was announced this past December, as part of an initiative led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to welcome a new era for the Arab state.

Additionally, the film will be the first to be screened in a new luxurious cinema that was originally built as a symphony concert hall. As reported, the venue features more than 600 leather seats, has marble bathrooms and includes both orchestra and balcony-level seating. Sounds like a proper way to view Black Panther if you ask us!

Let's say it one more time for those in the back, #WakandaForever!!!

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