Planetarium To Open At Former Site Of Nichigeki Theater In Tokyo

Planetarium to open at former site of Nichigeki theater in Tokyo

The beloved Nihon Gekijo theater may be gone and its successor is shutting down, but people will still be able to see the stars at the site in Tokyo's Yurakucho district.

Plans have been made to create a large amusement facility, including a planetarium, at the building housing Toho Cinemas Nichigeki, a movie theater complex that will close in February.

The movie house is the successor to the Nihon Gekijo theater, commonly called Nichigeki, that was set up before World War II and became a symbol of the district in central Tokyo.

With three screens, Toho Cinemas Nichigeki occupies the ninth to 13th floors of the Yurakucho Mullion commercial complex.

Konica Minolta Planetarium Co., based in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward, plans to start operating the planetarium on the facility’s ninth and 10th floors in winter 2018.

The Hulic Hall Tokyo, a rental hall with 900 seats, will open on the 11th to 13th floors of Yurakucho Mullion in summer next year.

In late August, Toho Cinemas Ltd., a major cinema complex operator that is a subsidiary of Toho Co., announced that the curtain will fall on Toho Cinemas Nichigeki.

It plans to introduce a cinema complex with 11 screens that can accommodate up to 2,300 people in the neighboring Hibiya district in 2018.

The Nihon Gekijo theater opened in 1933 and became a cinema directly run by Toho in 1935.

After the original theater building was demolished in 1981, its successor continued operations in Yurakucho Mullion.