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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 56 (22)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 56
Page 56

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 56

Although the number of foreign films that are released to the public has been increasing, there appears to be no indication that it is seriously cutting into the income of domestic product. This is borne out by the fact that there are a number of large independent motion picture distributors in Japan besides the big five, and each one of these independents has shown approximately a 15 per cent increase in income for the second half of 1953, as compared with the first two quarters.


The theatre situation in Japan has been steadily improving since 1950, with a large number of new theatres being constructed, and others being extensively remodeled. In 1950 there were 2,400 theatres in Japan. At the end of 1953 there were better than 4,000 theatres in operation. If the population of Japan is estimated at about 83 million, the ratio would be roughly one theatre to every 20,000 persons.

Reason For Increase

One of the reasons for this increase was that the Construction Restriction Act was lifted and it was possible to get a construction permit without any difficulty. Another reason was the result of a Japanese market boom due to the after effects of the trade accompanying the Korean conflict.

Saturation Point

When compared to the American ratio of one theatre to every 9,000 persons,

THE toyer ot the Shibuya Daiei is well designed tor simple entrance and exit of theatre crowds.

THIS VIEW of the Shibuya Daiei auditorium (above, left) shows the location oi the proiection booths which makes it possible to have a proiection angle 0! 0. The stage (above. right) is beautifully draped. and the entire auditorium has been designed for perfect acoustics. Stairway to second floor (below).

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 56