Saudi Arabia opens second movie theater with region's Vox

FILE - In this April 18, 2018 file photo, visitors attend a cinema theatre during an invitation-only screening, at the King Abdullah Financial District Theater, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia opened its second movie theater this week with tickets expected to go on sale to the public this weekend of May 5. The Vox Cinemas movie theater in the capital, Riyadh, has four screens, including an IMAX screen and a special theater for kids. VOX Cinemas is owned by Dubai-based Majid Al Futtaim, a major regional developer of malls and movie theaters.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
FILE - In this April 18, 2018 file photo, visitors wait in front of a "Black Panther" movie banner, during an invitation-only screening, at the King Abdullah Financial District Theater, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia opened its second movie theater this week with tickets expected to go on sale to the public this weekend of May 5. The Vox Cinemas movie theater in the capital, Riyadh, has four screens, including an IMAX screen and a special theater for kids. VOX Cinemas is owned by Dubai-based Majid Al Futtaim, a major regional developer of malls and movie theaters.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia opened its second movie theater this week with tickets expected to go on sale to the public this weekend.

The Vox Cinemas movie theater in the capital, Riyadh, has four screens, including an IMAX screen and a special theater for kids. VOX Cinemas is owned by Dubai-based Majid Al Futtaim, a major regional developer of malls and movie theaters.

Majid Al Futtaim's CEO Alain Bejjani told The Associated Press on Thursday the company plans to open theaters in all of the kingdom's major cities over the next two years, with a Vox movie theater opening in the second largest city of Jiddah early next year.

Saudi Arabia opened its first movie theater two weeks ago after a more than 35-year ban on cinemas, showing the blockbuster "Black Panther."

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