As cinemas prepare to make a comeback in Saudi Arabia, Cinema 70, the kingdom’s first cinema brand, will be presenting a series of international family movies for six days starting on January 12.
The family movie festival, supported by the kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority, will run international family movies at the Jeddah Culture and Arts Society from 4 pm to 12 am.
The series will begin with Captain Underpants, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and The Emoji Movie, produced by Sony Pictures Animation.
Organisers said the movies will be accompanied by various activities and events. The Saudi government estimates that the cinema sector will contribute more than SR90bn ($24bn) to the country’s economy by 2030, creating 30,000 permanent jobs and 130,000 temporary jobs in the process.
Saudi director and producer Mamdouh Salem, who is also the CEO of Cinema 70, oversaw the organisation of the first Saudi film festival in 2006.
Cinema 70 is the first cinema brand in Saudi Arabia to specialise in the production of Saudi film content, and the distribution of international films in the kingdom.