Re: Petition: Keep the Istanbul Emek Movie Palace and turn it into a film center!
- Thank you.
I've just sent an email.
--- In email@example.com, Ekrem Serdar <ekremserdar@...> wrote:
> Dear all,
> As you may or may not know, Istanbul is under the threat of losing the
> Emek Movie Theater, a grand old movie palace built in the early 20th
> century, ushers and all, right in the heart of the city on Istiklal Ave. The
> threat is - as it tends to be - a mall, restructuring the theater into a
> multiplex, while hilariously keeping the name. Our hope is to help turn the
> theater into a "Film Center" (though I doubt the word "film" is specific or
> strict.) I am not directly involved in the process, but I'm very much in
> support of it.
> To be brief: I'd like to ask you all to email your name, occupation and
> where you're residing to agree (at) emeksinemasiniyasatalim.org**
> To be long-winded: just the other day, a court verdict announced that the
> "renovation" of the theater be stopped due to the possibility of "damages
> that would be difficult or impossible to revert UNTIL a further review and
> expert opinion." (rough translation). So a victory, but the door is still
> open for the multiplex minded. The lawsuit was brought about thanks to the
> Istanbul Architects Bench.
> Naturally I might be wrong, but the language employed in the verdict leads
> me to believe that what is at stake is convincing those in power of the
> theaters cultural importance, thus making even as brief an act as our
> signatures important.
> And I don't think I have to convince anybody on here for the vitality an
> open space for film/video artists would provide (though I'll argue with you
> about it!). The hope is that a concise plan with what COULD (ah! that
> wonderful word!) be done with the space will help the chances of it's
> survival. The area has already been going through a major overhaul to make
> it tourist-friendly, and the last thing it needs is another mall.
> Though as said, I might be wrong.
> So if you've ever been there, ever been in Istanbul, happen to be
> like-minded, do send an email to the address above.
> For more info:
> The official site to keep the Emek Movie Palace alive:
> Posts on the Palace from:
> TCM's Movie Blog:
> and another from Cinema Treasures:
> finally, my apologies to those who have already seen this, and my thanks to
> those who have signed it,
> as always,
> -ekrem serdar
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