After three-decades of movie theaters ban, Saudi Arabia decides to reopen commercial cinema’s, prompting celebrations from film fans, industry professionals and movie chains.
Hollywood movie star John Travolta met with fans in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Friday.
Just days after the authorities lifted the ban on cinemas.
Travolta performed a special stand-up format live event called ‘A night with John Travolta’
in which he looked back at his career, fielding questions from the audience about his career and movies, which include hits like Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction.
Many fans were so exited to me John Travolta face-to-face in the Arabic kingdom.
“To see John Travolta here and to see a man that we used to see him in cinemas, that’s something new,” said Ahmed Al-buraik.
“This is only the beginning of the cinema in Saudi Arabia because when they just announced it last week now they’re bringing John Travolta. Can you imagine what is going to happen in the next few months? So that’s going to be huge, just wait for it, Saudi is coming?” said Ajw`a Al-Joudi.
Movie theaters were banned in Saudi Arabia in the early 1980s under pressure from Islamists.
“I think it’s an important moment and history, because it’s my understanding that this is the only country in the world that doesn’t have cinema and the idea that it is now happening again after 35 year, I feel like I am part of a celebration of freedom that is connected to a beautiful thing in humanity, so that’s a good thing,” Travolta told to the audience.
Travolta finished the event by singing a short song. The event was organized by The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA), which was created in 2016 by royal decree in the Arabic kingdom and is responsible for the nation’s expanding entertainment sector.