In the 1980s, there were some improvised movie halls in Saudi Arabia, most of which were in Jeddah and Mecca, where Egyptian, Indian, and Turkish films were screened without government intervention. However, all these halls were closed due to the continuous objections of religious conservatives during the Islamic revival movement in the 1980s. As a political response to an increase in Islamist activism including the 1979 seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the government closed all cinemas and theaters.
The only public theater in Saudi Arabia is an IMAX cinema located in Khobar in the Scitech complex, a science and technology center offering exhibits that deal with varying science and technologies, as well as an astronomic observatory. This IMAX cinema is showing documentaries, mostly produced in the United States, during non-prayer timings. The documentaries are shown in Arabic, and headphones are available with English audio.
Saudi Arabia is no joke. The UAE is a little better but they still don't fuck around. Got a buddy. Does work in Dubai sometimes. Did some b-roll for a short film in Gaza. Had to report his passport lost because if you have an Israel stamp? Yeah, you're not allowed in any of the Kingdoms.