Yesilcam Sokak 5, Beyoglu,
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Built in 1884 as a club. 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, for many years it hosted the Istanbul International Film Festival.
The Emek Sinemasi was closed in April 2010. Despite protests, demolition of the cinema was completed in March 2013, to build a shopping centre on the site.
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