The Yokosuka Arts Theater was established in February 1994 on the site of the former U.S. Navy Enlisted Soldiers Assembly Hall (commonly known as the EM Club) as part of the revitalization of the city center of Yokosuka City and as a place to enrich the lives of Yokosuka citizens. opened in May. The EM Club was the birthplace of post-war Japanese jazz, and since the end of the war, world-famous entertainers such as Louis Armstrong have often visited the club to perform. In addition, musicians such as George Kawaguchi and Nobuo Hara, who would later become representatives of Japan, put on passionate performances, sending out authentic American music to the rest of the country.
The Yokosuka Arts Theater, which was reborn from the venerable EM Club, has two halls, a large theater (Yokosuka Arts Theater) and a small theater (Yokosuka Bayside Pocket), both of which are equipped with the latest and greatest facilities. Since its opening, it has performed numerous performances, including opera, ballet, and classical music, both domestically and internationally, and has become a new symbol of Yokosuka.