Tokyo’s aging Subaru cinema set to shut down after 53 years – The Japan News


Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Subaru Enterprise Co. has said that it will close the movie theater Yurakucho Subaru-za in Tokyo’s busy Yurakucho area in mid-October after 53 years of business.

The subsidiary of film distributer Toho Co. found it difficult for the aging theater with only one screen to survive competition from cinema complexes in the neighborhood.

The 270-seat theater, which opened in 1966, is the successor to Japan’s first theater for first-run Western movies, Marunouchi Subaru-za, which was destroyed by fire.

Yurakucho Subaru-za has screened mainly U.S. and French movies, such as “Easy Rider” and Snoopy-related works.

Subaru Enterprise will terminate its movie business to focus on road repair and cleaning service operations.

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