Saudi Arabia to Allow Movie Theaters After 35-Year Ban

The move was seen as part of a drive by Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a broad campaign to transform Saudi society.

LONDON — In the latest in a series of gestures toward modernization that would once have seemed improbable, Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would allow commercial movie theaters to open for the first time in more than 35 years.The moves to allow access by early 2018, part of a broad campaign by the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to transform Saudi society, followed measures like giving women the right to drive and to attend soccer games, and allowing concerts and other forms of p...