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What is Sugita Theater, an artistic space filled with natural light?

自然光に満たされたアートな空間「杉田劇場」とは?

Infiltrate an artistic space!
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A place where all the inhabitants love, gather, and continue to grow
Isogo Ward Cultural Center Sugita Theater

This time, we visited the cultural facility "Isogo Ward Cultural Center Sugita Theater" on the 4th and 5th floors of La Vista Shinsugita, a 3-minute walk from "Shin-Sugita Station" on the JR Negishi Line. Did you know that the "Sugita Theater" at the end of the name of this cultural center contains the "thoughts" of the local people? (Actually, I also visited the interview and was able to know!)

The former Sugita Theater, which is said to have taken its first stage at the age of eight when Hibari Misora was named "Kazue Misora," is located under the elevated Route 16 and JR toward Tomioka, and is located on January 1, 1946. It opened on Sunday and closed on October 3, 1950 (Showa 25). When the "Isogo Ward Cultural Center" opened as a public facility in Yokohama City, we solicited nicknames from the residents, and many people in the area who missed the theater gathered the voice of "Sugita Theater" and officially called "Isogo Ward". The name was decided to be "People's Cultural Center Sugita Theater". It seems that people who know the time donated memorable items, and posters that were donated in 2004 by the nephew of the former president of Sugita Theater are also displayed in the hall. increase.


The poster on the wall has the words "Misora Orchestra"! It's very valuable in the history of Japanese music.

After passing through the entrance, you will find a spacious lobby. Various decorations are given by the local people who gather here. Poster on the wall, handmade pamphlets and newspapers, and seasonal customizations.


At the time of the interview, it was mid-April, so a helmet decoration was placed.

At the end of the lobby is a white-walled gallery where you can see your work (a photo exhibition was held at the time of the interview). Lighting equipment is also available, making it a suitable space for exhibiting various works of art such as paintings, calligraphy, and crafts, as well as photographs.

There are rehearsal rooms and practice rooms on the left and right sides of this gallery. When I was waiting in front of the rehearsal room where the dance lesson was over, people in the area who seemed to be sweaty and comfortable were sloppy. I took a picture of the rehearsal room after the hot air.


The wooden rehearsal room is quite spacious and seems to be easy to move! Not only for rehearsals and practice, but this size can also be used as a venue for small recitals and performances. This time, both of the practice rooms were in use and I could not infiltrate, but it seems that singing lessons were being held for the recital etc.

Under the guidance of the staff, we decided to head to the main hall. Along the way, I found a character I had never seen in this KIRIN vending machine ... !! When I asked, this girl with rabbit-like ears like a bear was born in March 2015. "Umeny" is a "Sugita-loving plum fairy" and is a local character named after the plum tree in Isogo Ward. Certainly, the ears are in the shape of plum buds ~ ♡

The hall is on the second floor up the stairs. Before that, I have to introduce this staircase (the right side is an escalator) because it is wonderful. It seems to be a popular spot for users, but this staircase is actually a stairwell ...

At the end of the stairs, there was a space like this contemporary art. On the day I visited the interview, I was so lucky that it was fine, and suddenly I asked the cameraman, "Please take a picture here !!". It was a really beautiful moment. You can enjoy various patterns of light and shadow over time. Lucky Me !!

The foyer in front of the hall spreads beyond that. The outside is a terrace seat. Natural light gently shines in here as well, making it a very comfortable space.


On days when there is a performance, you can also order drinks here during the curtain.


Soak in the afterglow of the concert while sunbathing on the terrace.

This is the "parent-child room" (4 seats) in front of the hall. Since it is separated by glass, you can watch concerts with peace of mind even if a small child gets tired.

Finally, we went to the multipurpose hall with 310 seats. It can be used as a place to appreciate and present cultural and artistic activities regardless of genre such as music, drama, and dance.


Wheelchair-only seats (for 4 seats) are also available.

I also heard about the "special seats" in the hall, which only the staff knows! That's it!

Since the seats are higher than the other seats, there is nothing to block the front and you can see the stage well. For performances where all seats are free, wait for the opening time and keep this seat !!

In addition, our interview team also visited us on the stage. The audience seats look like this from the stage. It is possible to set up Hanamichi, which is indispensable for Kabuki and Japanese dance.

And the audience seats are "seen !!" from behind the scenes (laughs). Using such a viewing window, you can see how the audience is enjoying themselves.


The stage general control console is also Pasha !! I'm excited to visit the backyard because I can't usually enter it.

Finally, I also saw the dressing room in the back of the stage. On the day of the performance, many performers gather here, and the space full of tension and enthusiasm is expanding.

Dance lessons for concerts, plays, exhibitions ... Furthermore, the Isogo Ward Cultural Center Sugita Theater is popular for its summer festival, which is held every summer.

As we are aiming to be a "Citizens' Cultural Center" that contributes to community development that makes us want to continue living, there are many people who visited the exhibition on this day, people who sweat in the rehearsal room, people who enjoy music in the practice room, and so on. It was crowded with the users of. It seems that various events that you can easily participate in are held in each of the four seasons, so please come and visit us in the warm sunlight. Art is a place where people can feel closer to culture.

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