Proceedings of The International Conference on Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
Single-Screen Cinema to Multiplex: The Cinema going Experience of Turkish and Russian Societies
NURDAN AKINER , ALEKSEY BYKOV
As a cultural product and medium, cinema could be viewed as an important medium in the mediatization processes in the societies. The aim of this paper is to examine the social experience of the older cinemagoers and to determine the role of the cinema in the early mediatization of Turkish and Russian society comparatively. The methods employed comprise a combination of qualitative techniques, including memory and oral history inspired ethnographic methods and the new cinema history perspective. In addition, face-to-face in-depth interviews were conducted with a total of 20 Turkish and Russian older cinemagoers on their consumptions of the films, in both past and present. From dedicated single-screen large capacity cinema halls to multiplex venues, has progressively transformed cinema exhibition across the world since the 1980s. This paper seeks to explore the ritualized media uses of Turkish and Russian older cinemagoers since the single-screen cinema era in their countries. One of the key motivating factors for participants was the emotional experience. In this context, this research aims to analyse the cinematic experiences in Turkey and Russia from past to present.
Keywords: Turkish and Russian cinemagoers, new cinema history, oral history, single-screen, multiplex.