Chuo Cinema, Sangenjaya is the perfect place to chill out after a long day. Tucked away behind the main street it is easily missed, but I am so glad I found it.
There are no premieres here I am afraid. Usually, films that have just been released for rental are shown.
But, the film adds up to only half of the reason to visit.
It is worth it for the atmosphere and intimacy of such a tiny, old cinema.
The chairs are so springy and loud.
If you look up, you can see the dust falling through the projector light.
Films have been shown here since the early Showa era, around the end of WWII.
I heard rumours that the first films to be shown here were pornographic.
Now though, mainstream or independent films draw in five to ten viewers a showing.
In a city where buildings are constantly being knocked down and rebuilt, it is rare to see a building this old. The local community are proud of it.
I hope there are a few more years left for us small few to hide away from the bright Tokyo lights.