Emek Sinemasi

Yesilcam Sokak 5, Beyoglu,

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KayaÖzkaracalar on March 11, 2013 at 11:03 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

KayaÖzkaracalar on December 13, 2011 at 9:42 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 on November 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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

KayaÖzkaracalar on November 6, 2011 at 12:21 am

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Here is some information that I found.

Emek Movie Theater

This movie theater was opened on Yesilcam Sokak, Beyoglu in the 1920’s as “Melek Sineması”. Emek has been hosting the International Istanbul Film Festival for 23 years. The rococo and baroque style ceiling is stunning. The theater was renovated in 1993. There are 875 seats, and the balcony seats have not been changed since 1958. Four-channel digital extra surround system is available. The screen is 10 meters by 10 meters.