Two movie theaters that served Istanbulites for many years lately introduced that they’re terminating their operations amid an ongoing halt in all cultural actions and social gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Movie theaters all through the nation have been quickly shut down as of March 17 by way of a round notice issued by the Ministry of Interior as a part of measures in opposition to the unfold of the Corona Virus.
The historic Rexx movie theater within the Asian district of Kadıköy has determined to end its operations for good and start evacuation, reviews stated.
The motive for Rexx to evacuate is reportedly because of lease disagreements with a Greek Orthodox basis that owns the constructing housing the movie theater. In a publish revealed on the municipality’s official Twitter account, Kadıköy Mayor Şerdil Dara Odabaşı confirmed Rexx’s resolution to terminate its operations. “We will consider with homeowners of the cinema constructing how we are able to carry this valued cultural heritage to the long run after the outbreak is overcome,” Odabaşı added.
Rexx, thought to be a landmark positioned in one in every of Turkey’s most lively tradition and humanities scenes, was one of many few remaining impartial movie theaters within the metropolis, the place chain theaters occupying distant elements of procuring malls grew to become the norm over the past decade. It was one of many key areas internet hosting the Istanbul International Film Festival, which was imagined to be held for the 39th time this 12 months between April 10 and 21 however postponed as a part of measures in opposition to COVID-19.
However, the movie theater was additionally related to poor service high quality, insufficient show options and monetary troubles over the past years. Similar reviews concerning Rexx’s closure had result in protests in 2016.
The website now occupied by Rexx as soon as housed Apollon Theater, also referred to as Theatron Halkidonas by the Greek group, a famed venue of its time which additionally noticed famend actress Afife Jale taking the stage for the primary time as a lady with Turkish-Muslim roots in 1920. The theater began serving as a movie theater starting from 1930 and the constructing was demolished in 1961, changed by a contemporary movie theater constructing subsequent 12 months and began working as “Reks.” It was rebranded “Rexx” in 1996 and have become one of many rendezvous factors in Istanbul ever since as its surrounding neighborhood slowly become one of many metropolis’s leisure hotspots.
Another movie theater that lately ended common operations is Atlas Movie Theater positioned within the European district of Beyoğlu. Established in 1948, Atlas was one of many oldest working movie theaters in Istanbul and the passage giving option to the movie theater is likely one of the famend assembly factors of Istiklal Street. The movie theater was additionally one of many few survivors of the wonderful “Yeşilçam” (Green Pine – in an obvious reference to Hollywood) period, which lasted between the mid-1950s till the mid-1970s and noticed the Turkish cinema scene flip right into a full-fledged trade producing a whole bunch of flicks yearly, though missing in-depth, performing high quality and capturing methods. Mainly centered on the namesake road becoming a member of Istiklal Street, the Yeşilçam period noticed a whole bunch of movie theaters established all through Turkey, together with the Beyoğlu space, the middle of all of the motion.
Irfan Atasoy, the son of one of many companions working Atlas – the opposite being famed producer, director and screenwriter Türker Inanoğlu – lately instructed Turkish information platform Medyascope that they have been by some means pressured to close down as they might not earn cash for the final seven to eight years, whereas the Ministry of Tourism and Culture insisted on changing the venue right into a cinema museum. The ministry is not directly the proprietor of the venue since its possession was transferred to the Treasury in 1985.
A written assertion by the ministry, nonetheless, stated the cinema shall be restored in accordance with the unique constructing. “The Istanbul Cinema Museum will reopen its doorways in September to convey the aesthetic of cinema to new generations with its yesterday and immediately, on the historic Atlas constructing, encompassing Atlas Movie Theater and at Yeşilçam, the center of Turkish cinema,” the assertion stated, including that the venue will function the principle level for gala and premier occasions.
The museum is projected to be a residing one with “educating, entertaining and internet hosting” options and can host one of many world’s richest collections in chronological phrases and can supply a novel expertise website for future movie makers, it added.