The Waseda Shochiku Cinema in Takadanobaba

October 25, 2012 by

Local Recommendations, Things To Do, Travel Tips, Uniquely Tokyo

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show(s)!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show(s)! Photo courtesy of tvol via Flickr.

The Waseda Shochiku Cinema is one of Tokyo’s oldest movie theaters and is quite an institution in the popular student area of Takadanobaba. Showing movies for over 50 years, Waseda Shochiku is one of the few nods to Tokyo’s not so distant past and offers the unique chance to see two movies back to back in 35mm film.

All movies shown are double features (double bills), and usually paired to a theme such as two US blockbusters, two French films, etc. There is no limit to the type or variety of movies shown – see a couple of classics one day and two recent releases the next! Most non-English language movies are subtitled but it is best to check to make sure before you buy your ticket.

Even if you want to see just one of the movies showing in the double bill, you won’t be out-of-pocket: Waseda Shochiku is one of the cheapest movie theaters in Tokyo! Standard tickets cost 1,300 yen, which is approximately 500 yen less than it costs to see just one movie at most other theaters in the city.

Takadanobaba is a lively student area and easy to access by train on the Yamanote line (to JR Takadanobaba station). After whiling away a pleasant afternoon at the flicks, you can grab a great value meal at one of many izakaya or ramen shops in the area.

Getting there: You’ll find the Waseda Shochiku Cinema on Waseda Dori, 1-5-16, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, approximately 10 minutes walk from Takadanobaba Station (JR, Seibu Shinjuku Line, and Tozai Subway Line).

For more information on movies and session times go to: www.wasedashochiku.co.jp/en.html#about.

- Emma McMahon

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