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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 61 (21)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 61
Page 61

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 61

THE NANGAI Theatre, Osaka, was the first one in Japan to be constructed specifically for the showing of CinemaScope. The theatre is located in c: building which houses two other theatres.

CinemoScope Equipment

It is interesting to note that six months after the first demonstration of CinemaScope the first domestic set of CinemaScope equipment was produced by a Japanese firm. The all made in Japan equipmentathe Royal stereoscope projector and the Royal stereoscope sound system-was introduced to the industry May, 1954.

The first theatre to be equipped with Japanese CinemaScope equipment was the Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo. This theatre was built by Kumagai Gumi, Ltd., in January, 1953, and designed to give stage performances for the drama, kabuki, and other plays. The theatre turned to motion pictures six months after it opened.

The equipment includes a stereophonic sound system with nine speakers on the stage and 11 in the auditorium. The screen is 49 feet by 18 feet. The total cost of the Japanese made CinemaScope equipment, including the projece tor, sound system, anamorphic lens, screen, rectifier, and booth remodeling, was about $42,000.

Theatres in Tokyo

In 1950 there were 175 theatres operating in the city of Tokyo. In 1954 the number of theatres had increased to 350. The great majority of these new houses were built in districts paralleling both sides of the interurban tram lines. These were the most logixil sites as residential districts for the daily commuters who tiavelled into the center of the city. As the trend toward suburban centers grew, it was only

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