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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ginza losing last classic theater


Ginza Cine Pathos, the only movie theater in Tokyo's Ginza district still showing classic films, will close down at the end of next March and end a 45-year history.

The metropolitan government has ordered the demolition of its underground complex because it doesn't meet earthquake codes, sources said.

The last movie it will screen will be "Intermission," a specially made black comedy that plays out among a movie theater audience.

"I want to etch the image of Cine Pathos in a movie," said Naofumi Higuchi, a 50-year-old film critic who will direct the film. Higuchi got more than 20 actors to appear in the film, including Kumiko Akiyoshi and Kyoko Kagawa, who share his love for the old theater.

The movie will be screened from Feb. 23 until Ginza Cine Pathos closes for good.

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