From “my place” to “non-places”: Scenes from the current theatrical cinema experience in Istanbul
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Primary Language tr
Subjects Communication
Journal Section Features

Orcid: 0000-0002-7048-5280
Author: Ece VİTRİNEL (Primary Author)
Institution: Galatasaray Üniversitesi
Country: Turkey

Dates Publication Date : September 30, 2020

With the features of the projection system and its location specificity, the theatrical cinema experience has been glorified as a unique way of viewing. Multiplexes which first appeared at the European level in the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s, are often claimed to have standardized this particular experience and have therefore been the target of numerous criticisms. In contrast to the European market where monoscreens still account for a significant component of the theatrical infrastructure, multiplexes which dominate the Turkish market, also participate in Turkey in the crisis of urban transformation because of the shopping malls that host them. Again, unlike their European counterparts located on the outskirts, most shopping malls in İstanbul, are built in the city center. How does watching movies in these shopping malls affect the cinematic experience? What would it change for us to watch the same movie in a multiplex leading up to the mall corridors or in a neighbourhood cinema whose door opens onto the street? To answer these questions, this study is based first on the distinction between neighbourhood cinemas that have a memory and appear as an extension of the house and the multiplexes which can be considered, with their anonymity and uniformity, within the “non-places” category of Augé. Through 15 participant observations held in different types of cinema venues in Istanbul, it then seeks to present scenes from the current theatrical cinema experience in the city.

Cinematic experience, multiplexes, neighbourhood cinemas, shopping malls, non-places