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Cinema Walk 1st Yokohama City Wakabacho "Cinema Jack & Betty"

キネマ散歩 第1回横浜市若葉町「シネマ・ジャック&ベティ」

I like going to the cinema.

In today's world where streaming services are plentiful, we have an environment where we can fully enjoy movies at home.
However, the experience of watching a movie in a movie theater has a good point that can not be replaced by anything.
big screen and sound. It's good to be separated from everyday life! And the moment you are drawn into the world of movies.
It makes me cry and laugh as hard as I can, and makes me think, "Let's do our best tomorrow."
I love those few hours of escapism.

For many people, the movie theater may be a place to go to see "the movie they want to see",
I would like you to know the fun of going to the movies with the goal of "a movie theater you want to go to".
In this column, we will introduce recommended mini theaters in Kanagawa Prefecture that are perfect for such a way of enjoying.

In this memorable first installment, we will introduce “Cinema Jack & Betty,” located a 5-minute walk from Koganecho Station on the Keikyu Line.

I was rocked by a red train and arrived at Koganecho. Contrary to its glittering name, it used to have a strong image as a town where no light shines, even as a setting for Kurosawa's movie "Heaven and Hell." Today, it is a corner that is worth strolling through, with stylish shops and art scattered around in the remnants of the Showa era. In such a culturally mixed town, "Cinema Jack & Betty" has a particularly strong flavor of the Showa era. It is a souvenir from the days when it once prospered as a movie district.

The retro appearance is by no means shoddy, and certainly tells the history of this mini theater. On Christmas Day 1952, the Yokohama Masterpiece Theater was opened on the site of a US military airfield. After that, in 1991, the name was changed to "Cinema Jack & Betty" and renewed, but it was closed in 2005, saddening many movie fans. Another company restarted it in the same year, but the difficult situation continued, so in 2007 it was handed over to the current management system. Thanks to the strong will of the current manager, who wanted to preserve the movie theater as an asset of the town, and the support of many fans, it gradually regained its liveliness and is still loved as a movie theater in the town.

A building with an atmosphere that makes you feel like you've traveled back in time. I hesitated for a moment, thinking that newcomers might not be invited, but the flyers and posters at the store piqued my curiosity, and I climbed up the stairs to be drawn in. At the top of the climb, I was greeted by a lobby with a homely atmosphere that felt melancholy, and I took a deep breath. A corner full of flyers and a white board with screening information. The entire space, including the waiting time, is fully entertaining us with the entertainment of "movies."

You are free to bring your own in this theater, but there are many delicious-looking temptations lined up in the shop. Of particular note is the bread from Kameya, which is popular in Koganecho! Being able to eat recommended local gourmet food while watching a movie is such a luxury. It makes me think that it was worth the effort to go there instead of going to the neighborhood movie theater.

Here, let's introduce "Jack" and "Betty", which is also the name of the mini theater. "Jack" is visible on the right from the lobby, and "Betty" is on the left. Yes, "Jack & Betty" is the name of two screens. Masterpiece theater "Jack" who decided chicly in blue and "Betty" of the mini theater system dressed up in red. A movie theater where the atmosphere changes so much depending on the theater is quite rare! At first, it seems that movies for men and women were separated by theater, but now, high-quality Japanese and foreign movies regardless of genre are being broadcast, centering on one-off new road shows.

As advertised as "a mini theater where you can enjoy movies slowly", you can spend a whole day watching movies here. The carefully selected selection includes works that can only be seen at Jack & Betty in Yokohama. , works from different eras are being broadcast. The number of works shown in one day is unbelievable for a two-screen mini theater. The museum's desire to "introduce as many good works as possible" is conveyed.

In addition, we actively hold special screenings by directors and actors, theme-based film festivals, talk shows, live performances, and other events. There is a place where you can exchange opinions about movies, such as about the works that have become. It is a space where you can not only "watch" movies, but also "discover" new works and "exchange" with movie fans.

This is the perfect theater to encounter hidden masterpieces that you have never seen before. It's the perfect place to watch a movie that you're interested in after deciding on a movie instead of deciding on a movie before going to the cinema.

This theater is loved by many movie fans and regulars. As I mentioned earlier, some people may find it a little difficult to enter when visiting for the first time. Finally, let me introduce the logo of the theater, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary on December 21st of this year. The catchphrase is "Climb the adult stairs".
I hope you muster some courage and climb the stairs of Cinema Jack & Betty. After climbing, you will find many works that can be "one piece of life" that you can only meet here.



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