My neighborhood cinema is located in a cultural center called Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi (shortly CKM). In addition to 8 screens offering latest blockbuster movies, CKM has one big and two small halls housing plays, concerts, ballets, conferences as well as film and music festivals like !f Istanbul and Akbank Jazz Festival.
On the ground floor you will see D&R, a famous chain store selling a wide range of Turkish and English books, magazines, music, DVDs, stationery and so on. This D&R is smaller than other ones which brings benefits and disadvantages: I can’t always find what I am looking for but I can shop without getting lost in a huge area. It is great for browsing books before heading to the cinema. There is also a cafe named Hayal Kahvesi and an art gallery I would recommend where interesting exhibitions take place. If you are curious about Turkish art and literature, you may likely find an exhibition of a Turkish painter, writer or poet in the gallery. Worth a visit.
Downstairs, you can find Turkey’s first boutique art library opened in 2007 providing books and magazines on various branches of art. The library also hosts workshops and book signings by writers and artists.
Insider tip: Especially on weekends, I suggest you to buy movie tickets online and print them at the kiosk to avoid the long queue.