Sadly, Istanbul has been losing its independent cinemas due to high rents, low profitability or the preference to build massive shopping malls and hotels. As a result, landmark movie theaters such as Alkazar, Sinepop and the legendary Emek have been forced to shut their doors in the past few years. The vast majority of Istanbul’s cinemas today are parts of big chains, located in shopping malls with very little screening opportunities for independent films.
Rexx is one of the few Istanbul movie theatres where the entrance is on a street, where you don’t have to be in a mall or buy your tickets with the option of an XXL popcorn. It’s one of those places with a charming everyday feel and a neighborhood atmosphere. Plus, it’s right on the corner of Kadife Sokak, Kadıköy’s most famous street for day or night hangout spots – I especially recommend going for a live show at Arkaoda or a cozy beer at Karga.
You can check Rexx’s schedule at their website. All movies are screened in their original language with Turkish subtitles, except for childrens’ movies. Filmekimi and Istanbul Film Festival hold screenings at Rexx, so expect long queues and only last-minute tickets during festival screenings.
My idea of a good day: Hop on a ferry, wander around Kadıköy, catch a movie at Rexx and feel like a true Istanbul local.