Cinemas and Movies in Istanbul

Information on where and how to find full listings of what's on at the movies today, and in the near future. Where to find out what's showing in Istanbul and how to book your seat at the cinema...

Istanbul's cinemas are modern and comfortable, with air-conditioning as well as up-to-date lighting and sound and vision technology. There are many cinema chains and multiplexes, as well as independent cinemas with one or two screens. There are also a number of outdoor cinemas, which are popular during summer.

Most films are shown in the original language with Turkish subtitles. Children's films, however, are generally dubbed into Turkish.

Going to the cinema is a popular weekend activity, so it is a good idea to pre-book cinema tickets over the telephone, online or from the ticket counter.

Online Booking

Tickets for films showing at larger cinema chains can be purchased online. Some websites are in both Turkish and English.

Most small cinemas, however, do not provide online-ticketing services. Tickets can be bought at the box office on the day of the screening.

Online booking websites:

Cinemas in Istanbul

There are more than 100 cinemas in Istanbul, most of which are in Taksim’s Beyo?lu neighbourhood. Fita? is the largest in the district.

Most shopping malls have cinemas featuring the latest film releases in their original language. There are also many cultural centres with their own private screens showing recent films. Programme listings can be found in local newspapers.

There are also a number of websites (in Turkish) with information about cinemas, future film releases and screenings in Istanbul.

Some of the main cinemas situated on the European side of Istanbul are:

Some of the main cinemas situated on the Asian side of Istanbul are:

Outdoor Cinemas in Istanbul

There are many outdoor cinemas in Istanbul; in built-up areas, on hotel rooftops, and in enclosed courtyards. Most outdoor cinemas start between 20:00 and 21:00. Some outdoor cinemas offer free screenings.

  • Bonus Premium Cinecity, Hillside Trio
    : Trio Konutlari 99, Kozyatagi, Istanbul
    Tel: 0216 315 10 10
  • Kemer Country Golf & Country Club
    : Uzunkemer District Göktürk 34077
    Tel: 0212 239 70 10
  • Parkorman
    : Büyükdere Cad. Maslak
    Tel: 0212 328 20 00
  • Sortie
    At: Muallim Naci Cad. No. 141-142 Ortaköy
    Tel: 0212 327 85 85
  • For a comprehensive list of open-air cinemas in Istanbul: Click here (in Turkish)

Istanbul International Film Festival

The Istanbul International Film Festival first opened in 1982, and is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts – IKSV – a non-profit organisation. An annual film festival which lasts for two weeks, it is one of the most important cultural events in Turkey.

Tickets can be bought online one week before the start of the festival.