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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 65 (31)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 65
Page 65

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 65

program has been making great strides towards restoring the city to its former appearance and prominence.

One of the outstanding new theatres of Japan was constructed in the downtown section of Yokohama in 1954, The theatre, called the uYokohama Shochiku," was designed by Takeo Amito. It has a seating capacity of 1,074, and has a stadium type auditorium, which has been so designed that a wide-screen may be installed with little difficulty.

The color scheme is white, blue and brown, similar to that of the main color pattern used in Japan% Kabuki theatres. The lobby of the theatre boasts an original abstract mural painting by Keisuke Yamamoto, and helps to create a true Japanese atmosphere. This mural is one of the outstanding features of the Shochiku.


The city of Osaka has recently constructed theatres that are worthy of mention. They are the Grand Movie Theatre, designed by T. Murana, and the Nangai Theatre, which was discussed previously. Both of these theatres are located in southernmost section of the city.

The Grand Movie Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,200, and one of its features is that the main fioor is sloped from the mezzanine floor toward the orchestra box on the first floor level. Patrons coming in from the main entrance go through the lobby and ramp directly to the central section of the auditorium. It has also been so designed that the theatre may be entered by way of the ramp to the main floor, and then to the rear sectionwof the auditorium through the main flabby. According to this elevation planggthe fioor of the auditorium at its loWest point right in front of the stage, is almost on the same level as the ground line.


SHORTLY aft-er CinemaScope was introduced in lupun. work was begun on the manufacture oi equipment by native hrms. such as screen. anamorphic lens and stereophonic sound equipment seen here.

The decorative scheme of the auditorium includes narrow wooden strips, in diamond shapes, nailed to the ceiling and painted a dark blue color. The walls are white, and similar narrow wooden strips are vertically nailed on the sound absorbent materials across the wall,

leaving space equivalent to the width of the strip between each section, and finished with light yellow paint. The draperies are maroon, and the chairs are covered with a dark yellow material. The Nangai has its main auditorium on the first fioor with a seating capacity of 1,554. On the first basement fioor there is a 1,200 seat theatre, while on the third Hoor there is another auditorium holding 300 persons, These facilities make it possible to combine stage shows and motion pictures in one build

ing. Its design and construction was done by Takenaka Komuten Company, Ltd., and was completed early in 1954. The Nangai had a construction cost of under $400 per seat, which is fairly low considering the fine facilities and equipment that have been provided.


The author wou'ld like to thank the foElowing for their cooperation in furnishing information used in this article:

K. Ogi'no, Sales Manager of Nihon Eiga Shizm' Company, Ltd.; Messers Shimizu and CompaPZ, editors of the Kenchiku-Bzmka; T. Kmn'immu, editor of the Tokyo Press; M. Hasegawa, editor of the Kinema-szipo; and the Jiji Press.

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 65