Movie shown in Riyadh for first time in 30 years. No women allowed, natch.

Saturday’s screening of the Saudi film, “Menahi,” brought a taste of the moviegoing experience to Riyadh more than 30 years after the government began shutting down theaters — a move driven by religious conservatives who view cultural activities such as movie screenings and concerts with concern because they could lead to mixing of the sexes and violate Islamic values.

Men and children, including girls up to 10, were allowed to attend Saturday’s show at a government-run cultural center. Young male organizers of the event manned a checkpoint on the road leading to the gated center so no women could reach the theater.