Saudi Arabia is looking to the entertainment sector with a view to diversifying its economy away from petroleum, which has recently suffered from a decrease in international prices.
Since Mohammad bin Salman was made crown prince last summer, the kingdom has stepped up its search for alternative means of income.
In February, Saudi Arabia hosted its first-ever opera performance and jazz festival under the auspices of the Saudi Entertainment Agency, which was established in 2016.
Abdullah Meglus, a member of the Saudi Economic Association, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday that the recent opening of public cinemas would contribute to the local culture, tourism and finance sectors.
“Public cinemas will aid in the diversification of the economy and help it grow in the long run,” he said.
The country’s first public cinema opened in April. Since then, Saudi officials have said they want to open 40 more movie theaters within the next five years.