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Hollywood star John Travolta woos audiences in Saudi Arabia

AP , Tuesday 19 Dec 2017
John Travolta
US actor John Travolta arrives to attend a panel discussion at the Apex Convention Center in the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 15, 2017. American entertainers actor John Travolta and singer Nelly are in Saudi Arabia as the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom undergoes a vast "modernisation" plan launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo: AFP)
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Hollywood star John Travolta has wooed fans during a visit to Saudi Arabia, where authorities have said that commercial cinemas will reopen next year after more than a three-decade ban on movie theaters.

Travolta met with fans in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Friday, fielding questions from the audience about his career and movies, which include hits like Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction.

On Saturday, the American movie star attended a gala dinner and press conference.

Travolta was a guest of the kingdom's General Entertainment Authority, which was established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he pushes social reforms such as allowing musical concerts and family-friendly shows in order to boost local spending and the economy.

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