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Movie City | Tokyo, Japan
Posted May 04, 2010 to photo album "Movie City | Tokyo, Japan"
Tokyo | City of Cinemagoing
In recent years, Tokyo has – like so many big cities – become awash with movie multiplexes, which have squeezed out the big one-screen cinemas from the old days. But that doesn’t mean that there are not still theaters with a little personality in Tokyo. If your tastes are a little low-rent, you’ll love Asakusa Meigaza, a scuzzy grindhouse in the Asakusa district of the city, which shows everything from 80s Hollywood fare to old samurai movies to vintage pornos. But if high-end moviegoing is your thing, you can live it up at the Shinjuku Piccadilly, where you can get a private screening room for 30,000 yen (about $320) a pop, or 30 million yen for a year-long rental. In A Cinephile’s Guide to Tokyo, Nick Vroman gives a first-hand account of the range of moviegoing experiences to be had in Tokyo, while cinematographer Sean Williams adds a flipside view in Tokyo Movie Theaters.