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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 57 (23)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 57
Page 57

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 57

THE SHOCHIKU Theatre. in Yokohama, Japanese :atmosphere was desired. Wal

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was built to show only domestic films. and therefore a true ls oi lobby are illustrated with interesting signs that attract.

the Japanese figure of one theatre for every 20,000 persons Seems to indicate that there is still a substantial theatre shortage. However, when we consider the income of the general public in Japan, and the proportion of that amount which can be used for amusement, it can be seen that the current ratio may be nearer to the saturation point than appears apparent at first glance.

Nevertheless, new theatres are going up continuously, and in Tokyo alone, within the metropolitan area of six million population, about 20 new theatres were built in 1953.

Value of Theatres to Public

For a short period immediately following the end of World War II, the people of Japan were in a state of shock, and unable to think or make plans for the future. As with all things, the passage of time caused bitter memories to fade, and the people gradually began regaining their composure. The world was completely changed from long established customs, which put a great strain on the average Japanese.

It is fair to say that the motion picture industry did much to help relieve the tensions of the public. Going to see motion pictures offered a release, and enabled the mind to relax, and begin to think of building a new life in the new post-war Japan.

The films also performed another valuable service. It was only natural that there was a great deal of bias towards America and Americans. Through the C.M.P.E. it became possible for the Japanese to see American films for the first time since 1941. These films (lid much to help restore a friendly and constructive attitude toward the United States, and its people.

Post-War Theatre Conditions

Theatres during the early pOSt-war period usually had their exteriors badly
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