Saudi Arabia is to allow the opening of itsfirst cinema in two decades, according to reports.

The cinemawill be located in the InterContinental Hotel in the capital Riyadh, and will have 1,400 seats.

There areno signs of a wider thawing of restrictions.

The newfacility will present only cartoons aimed at women and children, beginning during the Eidal-Fitr holiday.

A source inthe company responsible told London-based Al-Hayyatthe screenings are expected to attract more than 50,000 spectators.