Ras Tanura Theatre
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The Ras Tanura Theatre was opened in 1949, and was built by native craftsmen, to the designs of San Francisco architectural firm Spackman & Peterson. It was built for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) as a facility for their resident workers. The facility also contains a large outdoor bowl used for showing movies under the stars.
Today, the population is 3,200, and still contains American & British expatriates. Although located within a compound, the public are admitted to attend the cinema, but Islamic laws frown on cinema exhibition.
In December 2017 a law was passed to allow public cinemas to open in the country for the first time in 35 years. It is hope that new cinemas will open by March 2018.
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