Boutique Yeşilçam Cinema aims to revive Yeşilçam
Yeşilçam Cinema began operating on İstiklal Avenue in 1996. Founded by Reis Çelik, the movie theater still operates with its humble but redolent cinema ambiance and a single screening hall with 75 seats. Yeşilçam Cinema is still operated by Güven Çelik, according to whom the movie theater was established with old films that were saved from Akün Film and Kanat Film. As its name suggests, the mission of the theater, was inaugurated by screening Metin Erksan's "Dry Summer" (Susuz Yaz) is to revive Yeşilçam (Turkish Cinema) and keep it alive. As such, it is an active contributor to Turkish cinema by organizing the Turkish Films Week.
Melek Cinema among Europe's most contemporary cinemas
Melek (Angel) Cinema began operating on Yeşilçam Street in 1924. According to some sources, a building called Cercle d'Orient was built by architect Alexandre Vallau in 1884 in honor of the Club des Chasseurs de Constantinople (Hunters Club of Constantinople). The building was ordered by one of the viziers of the first constitutionalist period, Abraham Pasha. Melek Cinema was put into service in this place by the İpekçi Brothers in 1924. The cinema took its name from the two art-nouveau or art-deco style angel paintings in yellow-orange placed on either side of the stage. Melek Cinema was among Europe's most contemporary cinemas along with Elhamra and Alkazar that opened during the early years of Republican Period. Rumor has it that in the theater, which addressed a wealthy audience, some seats were sold even before the season started. The cinema had two wide foyers and a balcony opening up to either side. It is also known that the ground floor boxes became a posh meeting spot, and the boxes added extra value to the theater as well.
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