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.
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:
- Beyo?lu AFM Fita?
At: ?stiklal Road, No. 24-26
Tel: 0212 251 20 20
- Beyo?lu Cinemajestic
At: ?stiklal Road. Ayhan I??k Str. No. 10
Tel: 0212 244 97 07
- Istinye AFM Park
At: Istinye Park Mall
Tel: 0212 444 12 36
- Mecidiyeköy AFM Profilo
At: Profilo Mall, Cemal Tahir Str. No. 26-28
Tel: 0212 212 56 12
Some of the main cinemas situated on the Asian side of Istanbul are:
- Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi (CKM)
At: Ba?dat Cad. Haldun Taner Sk. No:11 Kad?köy
Tel: 216 467 3600
- Capitol Shopping Mall
At: Altunizade, 3rd floor
Tel: 0216 554 77 70
- Kad?köy Rexx
At: Sak?zgülü Str. No. 20-22
Tel: 0216 336 01 12
- Nautilius Mall
At: Fatih Road, No. 1 Kad?köy
Tel: 0216 339 85 85
- Palladium Mall
At: Barbaros District, Halk Road, No. 6
Tel: 0216 663 11 41
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
At: Trio Konutlari 99, Kozyatagi, Istanbul
Tel: 0216 315 10 10
- Kemer Country Golf & Country Club
At: Uzunkemer District Göktürk 34077
Tel: 0212 239 70 10
At: Büyükdere Cad. Maslak
Tel: 0212 328 20 00
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.