An Architectural history of the movie theaters in Ankara

Kaymaz, Elif
The purpose of this work is to study the movie theater as a product of the architectural culture of the 20th century and to develop a comprehensive discourse which allows for an understanding and discussion of such spaces, their social and spatial conditions and meanings in different times and places. Starting from the very experience of the spectator, touching the topics of the historical and architectural formation of the space of public exhibition and the practice of moviegoing, finally a conversation between modernity, cinema and architecture is established in relation to the movie theater, looking specifically at three distinct periods of movie theater construction in the city of Ankara. The ‘space as a stage’ is introduced as a theoretical comprehensive approach which allows us to recognize the inherent agencies of the movie theater: the owner/manager, governance, the architect, architecture itself, the cinema industry, and the audience. By adopting this perspective, this case study undertakes the task of understanding how those elements intersected, gelled and mutated in the local case of Ankara.