After the Peace Park & Okonomiyaki… A Movie Theatre?! Hatchoza, a Little Known Hiroshima Spot…

When sightseeing in HIroshima city, people usually to the Peace Memorial and then to eat okonomiya. But after that, what is there to do…?! If you’re unsure, I highly recommend dropping by Hatchoza, the movie theatre located on the 8th floor of the Fukuya Hatchobori Main Store, which is a department store located in the city’s shopping district.

For those of you who are used to large cinema complexes, it may seem a bit fresh?! That’s right; Hatchoza was created with an Edo era theatre in mind.

 

In the lobby I discover these painted sliding screens!! Apparently, until 2010, they were used in real stage sets for historical plays, etc. The Kyoto Toei film studio gave them to the theatre, and now they have become the symbol of Hatchoza.

 

And on the other side of the screen is something that won’t lose to any other movie theatre in Japan…

And that is the large soft, seats reserved for cinemagoers that were manufactured by a famous Japanese furniture maker, Maruni Wood Industry (Hiroshima city).

 

In any normal theatre these would be considered “premium seats”, but here they can be used by anyone.

 

At the theatre café you can find sandwiches made in collaboration with the films that are currently showing, as well as cake made with Setouchi lemons. Naturally, you can come here just for the café, as well…

There are plenty more things I would like to tell you, but there is one more wonderful movie theatre that I’d like to introduce you to today!

Located around 2-3 minutes walk from Hatchoza, this is Salon Cinema 1 – 2. If Hatchoza is the Edo period theatre, then Salon Cinema is a museum for moving pictures.

 

On the walls you can find illustrations by Mr. Yuji Miyazaki, an illustrator known for his work for the Japanese film magazine, Kinema Junpo.

In front of the screen and in good health is the thick curtain that is more and more rarely seen these days. And sitting down in my seat I discover…

 

“Tama wa mada nokottoru ga you” (‘I still have bullets’)…?! Bunta Sugawara utters this famous line in the film “Jingi naki tatakai” (‘Battles without Honor & Humanity’, 1973). At every seat you can find famous quotes like this from various famous movies.

How was our guide around Hiroshima’s prided cultural spots? How about visiting the theatres that people from all over Japan come to see?

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Hatchoza
Location: Fukuya Hatchobori Main Store 8th floor, 6-26 Ebisu-cho, Naka ward, Hiroshima city
Open: Please check screening times for each work on the theatre’s homepage
Closed: No regular holidays
Tel: 082-546-1158
Admission: Adults JPY1800, University students JPY1500, High school students & younger JPY1000, Seniors (60+) JPY1100, With disability discount JPY1000 (also JPY1000 for one accompanying person)

*Discounts available on cinema day, lady’s day, men’s day, etc.)
http://johakyu.co.jp/ (Japanese)

 

Salon Cinema 1-2
Address: Hiroshima Toei Plaza Bldg 8th floor, 16-10 Hatchobori, Naka ward, Hiroshima city
Open: Please check screening times for each work on the theatre’s homepage
Closed: No regular holidays
Tel: 082-962-7772
Admission: Adults JPY1800, University students JPY1500, High school students & younger JPY1000, Seniors (60+) JPY1100, With disability discount JPY1000 (also JPY1000 for one accompanying person)

*Discounts available on cinema day, lady’s day, men’s day, etc.)
http://johakyu.co.jp/ (Japanese)

Setouchi Finderphoto-writer: Izumi Furukawa

 

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Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!

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