Since the end of the 90s, many Istanbul district municipalities have been holding free movie showings in open-air theaters in the summer. Could open-air movie theaters come back amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
“Desperate times call for desperate measures.” Recognizing that artists would also be hit hard financially by the coronavirus, countries like Germany and the UK have created emergency funds for creative workers. In Turkey, securing support for creative workers such as musicians has been an uphill battle.
Istanbul's legendary Atlas and Rexx cinemas have been shut down amid financial difficulties. They were both popular meeting points of Istanbulites and one of the few movie theaters that were not parts of big chains.
The South Korean production "Parasite" has broken a record in Turkey after dominating the awards season, reaching 225,692 views to become the most-watched Oscars movie in Turkey in the past 12 years. The $11 million production's box office revenue surpassed $170 million after the movie won its awards.