The Denkikan (電気館) was the first dedicated movie theater in Japan. Originally a hall built in Asakusa's Rokku theater district to present spectacles featuring electricity ("denki" in Japanese), it was converted into a movie theater in October 1903 by Yoshizawa Shōten, the most successful of the film companies at the time. Featuring benshi such as Saburo Somei, it quickly became the symbol of the new phenomenon of the motion pictures and many cinemas around Japan were later created that borrowed the name "Denkikan." It later became a Nikkatsu theater and then a Shochiku theater before finally closing in 1976. A historically accurate model of the theater is currently on display at the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Tokyo. It is also cited in Kaizo Hayashi's film To Sleep so as to Dream.
- Tanaka, Jun'ichirō (1975). Nihon eiga hattatsushi (in Japanese). 1. Chūō Kōron. p. 110.
- See, for instance, the home page of the Kumamoto Denkikan Archived 2010-04-03 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Asakusa Rokku eigakangai no ōgon jidai" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- Da Silva, Joaquín (21 January 2015). "Chronology of Japanese Cinema: 1903". EigaNove.
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