Wakimachi Theater (Odeon-za)

Wakimachi Theater (Odeon-za)Wakimachi Theater (Odeon-za)
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Originally constructed in 1934, Wakimachi Theater was a prestigious playhouse for Kabuki, Roukyoku (storytelling accompanied with Shamisen music), and other such entertainment.  In the post-WWII era, it became a movie theater, and was then closed in 1995.  It was scheduled for demolition, but after Shochuku Films decided to used it as a location in their famous film, “The Man Who Catches Rainbows,” it was brought back into the limelight.  The theater underwent restoration in 1999.  Being close to Udatsu Street, it remains a popular place among sightseers.