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At the Vox movie theater in the Riyadh Park mall this weekend, huge crowds lined up for tickets to see “First Man,” “Venom” or “Smallfoot.” RIYADH, Saudi Arabia —

Lujan al-Ghamdi, 16, said she didn’t care which movie she saw. She just wanted to enjoy her first trip to a cinema, an experience legalized earlier this year in what she considers an act of benevolence by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“Whenever we think of him, we think he’s something holy,” said al-Ghamdi, her almost ­awestruck eyes peeking out from the slit in her full-face niqab.

Amid Khashoggi uproar, many Saudis see a foreign plot and rally around their prince

Even if they were stunned by the sudden admission of Saudi involvement in the killing, few are brave enough to criticize.


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