Emek Sinemasi

Yesilcam Sokak 5, Beyoglu,
Istanbul

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Emek Sineması

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The Emek Sinemasi (cinema) is quoted as being the most elegant cinema in the city and is one of the last remaining ‘movie palaces’ to survive in Turkey. Opened in 1924 as the Melek Sinemasi, it was re-named Emek Sinemasi in 1958, following renovations. It is said to be one of the most beautiful cinemas in Turkey…maybe even in all of Europe! It is located just off the Istiklal Caddesi in the busy Beyoglu district of downtown Istanbul.

Normally playing mainstream films, it has for many years hosted the Istanbul International Film Festival.

The Emek Sinemasi was closed in April 2010. Despite protests, demolition of the cinema was proposed in March 2013, to build a shopping centre on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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KayaÖzkaracalar
KayaÖzkaracalar on November 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

To be more precise: Emek had opened as Melek in 1924. This historical piece of Istanbul’s cultural heritage was closed down as part of a project by the Demirören Holding Co. to build a (yet another) shopping mall in its place. Here are clips of a mass demonstration on the first anniversary of its closure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5isfFjFQ-M continued http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAsIRbBV3R4&feature=related continued http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EabKeXhknLg&feature=related I think court battles by the Chamber of Architects are continuing to halt Demirören’s project.

KayaÖzkaracalar
KayaÖzkaracalar on November 6, 2011 at 6:48 am

More on Emek: In 1958, Melek was renovated and re-named as Emek, reopening on April 19th.

KayaÖzkaracalar
KayaÖzkaracalar on December 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Update: The Chamber of Architects seems to have received a serious setback in its attempt to halt the project demolishing Emek. On Dec. 1st, 2011, an Istanbul court canceled its previous suspension order on the project (on May 5th, 2010, the same court had ordered a suspension of the project pending a final decision on the matter). Now, there is no legal obstacle for the Demirören Holding Co. to go ahead with demolishing Emek to build a shopping mall in its place.)

KayaÖzkaracalar
KayaÖzkaracalar on March 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Update: Towards dusk today, construction decks were set up around Emek apparently for the kick-off of its demolition to build a shopping mall in its place by the greedy Demirören Holding Co.; here is the latest photo of Emek surrounded by newly-set up decks: https://twitter.com/sevilbasturk/status/311235151164219392/photo/1 International protest calls to Demirören Holding Co at .tr and to the municipal authorities at .tr would be appreciated

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