Perceptions of the renewal and reuse of historic buildings in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul: A case study of the Demiroren Shopping Center & movie theaters
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Beyoglu is a 600 year old historic place found at the heart of Istanbul. It has been a center for movie theaters for more than 100 years. It is the birthplace of movie theaters not only for Istanbul but also for Turkey. Since the area is historic and the buildings are deteriorating, there have been urban renewal programs going on. This study aims to investigate users' perceptions and decision makers' processes regarding the movie theaters and urban renewal programs. After revealing the importance of historic movie theaters by literature research and interviews, an analysis is made to present the recent situation of them. The users are interviewed about the historic identity of Beyoglu, movie theaters and current changes occurring recently in Beyoglu. Decision makers' statements in the media are investigated. In depth interviews, participant observation, secondary data sources, meta-analysis of existing literature and visual documentation were the tools during the data collection. Findings indicate that; the past concepts of "Going to Movies" in Beyoglu, Istanbul of once, do not exist anymore. People prefer to go to movies in shopping centers for three reasons (1) closeness to the movie theater, (2) quality of the movie theater (technological features: sound and image system, comfort of the theater) and (3) the unique movies being displayed. However, informants still want to find opportunity to watch movies in such historic movie theaters. On the decision makers' side, the process of urban renewal programs is not transparent, well communicated and does not have any project regarding historic movie theaters. While the study makes a conclusion about including movie theaters renewal projects within the renewal programs in the area, a further study of the comparison of shopping centers and movie theaters is suggested.