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Saudi: Over 6.6 million movie tickets sold despite virus outbreak

A recent report revealed that 6.6 million tickets to go to movies were sold in Saudi Arabia during 2020, despite the imposition of precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus, and decreasing the number of seats available for booking in the halls.

According to the “Cultural Status in the Kingdom 2020” report issued by the Saudi Ministry of Culture, based on data of the ‘General Authority for Audiovisual Media’, the number of movie tickets sold in 2020 exceeded those sold in 2019, reaching about 4 million in 2019.

This may be attributed to the increase in the number of showrooms in 2020 in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, and the opening of new ones in other cities, as the total number reached 33 showrooms in 2020, compared to 12 in 2019.

The capital, Riyadh, topped the number of tickets sold with about 3.4 million, then came Jeddah with 2.1 million, Dammam came third with 543,000, followed by Dhahran with 186,000 and Al-Hofouf with 130,000 tickets.

Jazan came sixth with 128,000 tickets, then Jubail seventh with 47,000, Tabuk eighth with 45,000, and finally Abha with 8,373.


Saudi Gazette

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