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The Imperial Theatre

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The Imperial Theatre

The Imperial Theater is the first Western-style theater in Japan established in 1911. The Imperial Theater is located in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo and is operated by Toho Co., Ltd., a large movie company. The Imperial Theater was co-founded by Japanese industrialists Shizawa Shigeichi and Okura Kachiro. Officially opened on March 1st, 1911 (Meiji 44), it was the first Western-style theater in Japan. The most popular propaganda slogan was "Today's imperial drama, tomorrow's Mitsukoshi", which symbolized the importance of the theater. Since opening, the theater invited Italian vocalists to perform operas and performed various stage masterpieces such as kabuki operas and shawon operas.

The theater can accommodate more than 2,000 people. Usually, it only performs the most famous works such as "Gone with the Wind", "Miserable World", and "Miss Saigon". About 10 performances will be held in one year. The biggest feature of the Empire Theatre is that it has 6 stages incorporated with high technology, which can rotate the first floor to the 6th floor underground. The entire theater has been carefully designed to change the stage setting within a minute.



The Imperial Theatre we see today in Tokyo was redesigned by architect Taniguchi Yoshiro and was completed on September 29, 1966. From 1969 to 1984, the "Japan Record Awards" was held here. The Imperial Theater, with a history of nearly a century, has been one of the most representative art performance stages in Tokyo and even in Japan. Many classic plays and international actresses have performed here. To this day, there are still about ten performances per year.

On the 9th floor of the Imperial Theatre, there is an art gallery with rotating exhibitions. The Idemitsu Museum of Arts was established in 1966 dedicated to Idemitsu collection. This museum integrates Japanese hospitality into the modern architecture and invites visitors to enjoy works of art in a relaxing atmosphere. About six special exhibitions are held every year, focusing on paintings, calligraphy, and East Asian ceramics by Idemitsu. The unique feature of the museum is the Sherd Room, which displays pieces of pottery collected from ancient kilns.
Address: 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005.




Open Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Friday 10:00am-7:00pm
Closed: the year-end and New Year holidays, and the change of exhibits.
Admission Fee: Adults: ¥ 1,200, High School and College St udents: ¥ 800
Junior High School Students or Younger: Free (with Parent or Guardian)

How to get to Imperial Theatre by public transport?
By Subway: Toei-Mita Line, Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, "Hibiya" Station. Or Yurakucho Line, "Yurakucho" Station. Exit B3 - direct access to the theatre from the subway station. By JR railway: "Yurakucho" Station. 5 minutes walk.



 

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the address of the Imperial Theatre?
    The Imperial Theatre is located in the Marunouchi district, facing the Imperial Palace. The address of Imperial Theatre is 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005.
  • How to get to the Imperial Theatre by public transportation?
    By Subway: Toei-Mita Line, Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, "Hibiya" Station. Or Yurakucho Line, "Yurakucho" Station. Exit B3 - direct access to the theatre from the subway station. By JR railway: "Yurakucho" Station. 5 minutes walk.
  • What are the performances are available at Imperial Theatre?
    The Imperial Theater produces a wide variety of performances every year, including Western musicals such as Les Misérables, Elisabeth, The Man of La Mancha, and Miss Saigon, as well as spectacular shows by Japanese entertainers such as King & Prince - Johnny's Island.
  • What other museums to visit near the Imperial Theatre?
    The Idemitsu Museum of Arts was opened in 1966 as an exhibition hall for the Idemitsu Collection. The building is located on the 9th floor of the Imperial Theater Building looking down over the beautiful Imperial Garden in Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
  • How much does the Idemitsu Museum of Arts ticket cost?
    Adults: ¥1,200, High School and College Students: ¥800, Junior High School Students or Younger: Free (with Parent or Guardian). ¥200 discount for Persons with Disability (with Presentation of the Physical Disability Certificate and Free Admission for one Caretaker).
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