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Final curtain to fall Oct. 20 on historic Tokyo movie theater

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On Dec. 31, 1946, the Marunouchi Subaru-za movie theater opened in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district.

World War II had ended only the year before. Shanties mushroomed and black markets teemed with shoppers in war-ravaged areas of the capital.

While the war’s scars were clearly visible, an entertainment-starved public flocked to the new cinema.

The theater was closed in 1953 after a fire, but was reborn in spring 1966 and renamed Yurakucho Subaru-za.

It was not unusual for movies shown there to draw more than 100,000 people. The 1967 British film “To Sir, With Love” was one such case, and so was the 1969 American indie “Easy Rider.”

“The theater has one screen and 270........

© The Asahi Shimbun