CULTURE

Cinema Parks in Ankara, Athens

ANKARA – Compared to Istanbul, Ankara remains relatively unknown and mysterious to the Greek public. But the Turkish capital also seems to share a common ambition with Athens – helping people make better use of free time in an increasingly urbanized city. A welcoming and dynamic metropolis of over 4 million, Ankara makes up for its geopolitical disadvantage in many ways. It is better organized than Istanbul and enjoys a European flair, thanks to large avenues and countless parks. It reminds one of a lighthouse in the middle of a great, dark sea. This explains why a group of Israeli investors chose «isolated» Ankara, as well as three other cities around the world, to construct the innovative «Cinema Parks.» Israeli Ori Yardenin came up with this idea, which involves using cinemas in aid of education and entertainment during the day. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, this new generation of cinemas hosts a series of interactive programs where students and adults share unique experiences through a combination of learning and entertainment that, in some cases, is unrestrained. In Greece The innovative cinemas are now coming to Greece. The company’s first venue, Odeon Cineville, is expected to welcome its first visitors in July on Kifissias Avenue, near the junction of Attiki Odos. The complex will house 12 cinema theaters with a total capacity of 2,025 seats and featuring the latest in Dolby Digital and DTS technology. A few months later, in October, the Odeon Cineplex is expected to open on Syngrou Avenue. Meanwhile, the company is expected to go beyond standard multiplex entertainment in which blockbusters reign supreme and offer a home to more artistic productions. The company’s vigorous entry into the Greek market gives it a leading role among those companies active in the specific area, with a total of 67 cinema theaters around Greece.