Osaka Shochikuza Theater 0
Osaka Shochikuza Theatre is situated in a commercial area of Osaka City, popularly known as “Minami” where the Dotonbori area (shopping streets), one of Osaka’s prominent tourist destinations, is located.
OPENVaries by performance
(ticket counter hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Osaka Shochikuza Theatre is situated in a commercial area of Osaka City, popularly known as “Minami” where the Dotonbori area (shopping streets), one of Osaka’s prominent tourist destinations, is located. The theater is a landmark of Dotonbori area near Midosuji Avenue, Osaka’s “main street,” and has long been cherished by local residents. Resembling an opera house in Europe, Osaka’s first, full-scale Western-style theater opened in May 1923, as Japan’s first movie theater built with steel-framed reinforced concrete. In the initial years, it served as a theater where movie premieres were shown and revues were performed by the Shochiku Gakugekibu (Shochiku Musical Drama Department [present-day OSK Nippon Revue]). These programs attracted many visitors, and the theater contributed greatly to the flourishing town. Up to the mid-1990s, the theater mainly showed Western movies. However, in 1997, it underwent a renovation to become a performance theater with cutting-edge facilities, while retaining the exterior appearance of the original building. Currently, it offers various types of entertainment, including kabuki and Shochiku Shin Kigeki (comedy troupe) performances, as well as revues and concerts. Designed in the Neo-Renaissance style, the theater has a large arched entrance on its facade, making it a “must-see” example of historical architecture. Visitors can also enjoy various eateries in the basement. Neighboring the Dotonbori area and the Shinsaibashisuji shopping streets, the theater is conveniently located for visiting while dining and shopping.
Location1-9-19 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka
DirectionsA 1-minute walk from Namba subway station
Child FriendlyNot available
BarrierEscalators and elevators available inside the building