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Keep Cool and Watch and Flick at an Independent Theater in Shinjuku!

Jun 13, 2019

Shinjuku is a bustling metropolis known for many things, one of them being the place to see movies. There are 11 movie theaters in Shinjuku Ward, from giant multiplexes to single screen mini theaters. In this article, we will introduce you to three of the theaters that specialize in screening independent films. Take a break during your trip to Shinjuku and enjoy a film!

MUSASHINOKAN

Only a two-minute walk from Shinjuku Station’s Central East Exit is MUSASHINOKAN (stylized in all capital letters), a theater that exclusively shows independent films from around the world. Though it was reopened after renovations on November 5th, 2016, this theater has an almost 100-year history, with its founding taking place in June 1920.

This three-screen theater screens movies that generally don’t get a wide release in Japan, such as zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, the hit Thai film Bad Genius and The White Crow, a biography of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev. There are even occasional gift giveaways, such as maple water given to those who watch Canadian coming of age drama The Fireflies Are Gone on the day of its release.

The concession stand also occasionally offers special drinks in collaboration with the movies that are screening. An example is Anna’s Cream Soda a red strawberry soda topped with rainbow ice cream that is sold during Anna and the Apocalypse’s run. These ingredients were not chosen at random - as the movie takes place during Christmas, the rainbow ice cream is meant to represent a town that is bustling with Christmas spirit. The red soda is “zombie blood”, as this movie is also a zombie flick! You’re sure to be in the mood to watch the movie after ordering this!



To celebrate the year proceeding its 100th anniversary, starting this June MUSASHINOKAN will be holding special screenings of classic films such as Bridge on the River Kwai. There will also be screenings of silent films such as Flesh and the Devil with a live silent film interpreter and accompanying band. The sister theater Cinema Qualite will also be holding special screenings of the classics as well. Don’t miss this chance to experience these masterpieces in a way you haven’t before!

MUSASHINOKAN
Musashino Building 3F, 3-27-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Telephone Number: 03-3354-5670
Website: http://shinjuku.musashino-k.jp/
Ticket prices:
General admission - 1,800 yen,
University/high school students - 1,500 yen,
Junior high/elementary school students and preschool aged children (3 years of age or older) - 1,100 yen.
Those who present their disability handbook - 1,000 yen (can be accompanied by one other person for the same price)

Discount ticket information:
All tickets are 1,000 yen on Wednesdays.
1,100 yen on the first of every month (excluding “Movie Day” on December 1st, which is 1,000 yen).
1,100 yen for those 60 years of age or older.
Isetan Icard and Mitsukoshi Micard holders receive a 300 yen discount on same day tickets (high school/junior high school students receive a 200 yen discount). The card holder and one other person can receive this discount.

Cinem@rt Shinjuku

Managed by SPO Entertainment Inc., an Asian drama import company, it’s no surprise that Cinem@rt Shinjuku specializes in screening films from throughout Asia. Movies from Korea such as Little Forest, or movies featuring Korean pop stars such as Rose and Tulip starring Junho from 2PM are a staple at this cinema. With its relatively close proximity to Koreatown in Shin-Okubo, those who are fans of Korean entertainment can’t miss catching a film at this theater! Chinese cinema is also frequently screened, with Cinem@rt Shinjuku being the only theater in Tokyo to screen John Woo’s epic The Crossing movies.

They show not only movies from Asia, but also thriller and horror movies from around the world such as First Reformed and Kuroi Otome Q. This theater has become such a hot spot for genre fans that Cinem@rt Shinjuku is also home to the first Japanese screening of The Vanishing, a 1988 Dutch thriller that made its way to Japanese cinemas over 30 years after its initial debut. This screening was so popular that the screenings were extended for a week!

Smaller domestic films are also shown, such as historical anime Tannisho and comedy Shiba-Park. Live viewing of anime-related events such as BanG Dream’s Raise a Suilen concert and Macross Crossover Live are also held as well. This two-screen cinema also has advance tickets available for sale, as well as pamphlets and occasionally goods related to the movies screened as well. With a focus on smaller films and specific sub-cultures, Cinem@rt Shinjuku is the theater to check out when you’re looking to watch something different in Shinjuku.

Cinem@rt Shinjuku
Shinjuku Bunka Building 6F, 7F, 3-13-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Telephone Number: 03-5369-2831
Website: http://www.cinemart.co.jp/theater/shinjuku/

Ticket prices:
General admission - 1,800 yen
University students - 1,500 yen
TCG members – 1,300 yen
High/junior high school students - 1,000 yen.
Children (3 years of age to elementary school students) - 1,000 yen
Seniors (60 years of age and over) – 1,000 yen

Discount ticket information:
Monday is Men’s Day, and tickets for men are 1,100 yen.
Wednesday is Ladies Day and tickets for women are 1,100 yen.
Tuesday and Thursday is TCG Members day, and TCG members are 1,000 yen.
Tickets are 1,000 yen on the first of every month.
The 25th of every month is Cinem@rt Day, and all tickets are 1,000 yen.
Tickets for those who are disabled are 1,000 yen (can be accompanied by one other person for the same price.)
Tickets for married couples where one member is over 50 years old are 2,200 yen (two tickets).
Tickets for Isetan Icard holders are 1,500 yen (1,300 yen for high school/junior high school students). The card holder and one other person can receive this discount.
*All information is current as of May 31, 2019

EJ Anime Theater

Located in the same building as Cinem@rt Shinjuku, on the fourth and fifth floor is EJ Anime Theater, a cinema that, as the name implies, specializes in screening animated movies. You can see popular Japanese anime movies here anytime!

Not only Japanese animation is shown at this theater. In April and May of 2019, the Tonko House Film Festival was held, with screenings of short films made by the California-based animation studio Tonko House held every day during the event. There were screenings that were specifically for children, where one adult admission allowed two elementary school-aged children or younger in for free, and screenings with parking space for strollers that also kept the theater lights on and the sound at a low volume. Animation and character design workshops, as well as talk events with the Tonko House founder, were held during the festival. 



There is also a café and gallery on site, so you can take a break and look at some wonderful art before your movie starts. The theater also hosts live viewings of stage productions that relate to the world of games and animation, as well as special events. If you are an “otaku”, then this theater is one that you can’t miss!

EJ Anime Theater
Shinjuku Bunka Building 4F, 5F, 3-13-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Telephone Number: 03-5361-7878
Website: https://ej-anime-t.jp/shinjuku/


Ticket prices:
General admission - 1,800 yen
University students - 1,500 yen
TCG members – 1,300 yen
Children (3 years of age) to high school students - 1,000 yen.
* Some screenings and events charge everyone the same price. Please ask the theater for details.
*Junior high school students and older are required to show their school ID.
*If children 2 years of age or younger require their own seat, they will be charged 1,000 yen. *Some screenings will charge children 2 years of age and older.

Discount ticket information:
Tickets are 1,100 yen on Wednesdays.
Tickets are 1,100 yen on the first of every month.
Tickets for seniors (60+) are 1,100 yen.
Tickets for those who are disabled are 1,000 yen (can be accompanied by one other person for the same price. Please show your disability handbook.)
TCG members – 1,300 yen, 1,100 yen on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tickets for married couples where one member is over 50 years old are 2,200 yen (two tickets – please show proof of age).
Tickets for Micard holders receive a 300 yen discount (200 yen discount for university students). The card holder and one other person can receive this discount.
*These discounts cannot be applied to certain screenings.
*Discounts cannot be used together.
3D screenings are an additional 300 yen + 3D glasses are 100 yen
*Prices are current as of June 2019.

When you come to Shinjuku, there is no better way to unwind then kicking back and watching a movie. Instead of watching a movie that you could see back home, make your way to these independent cinemas and watch something new!

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