Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater
  • Sakurazaka Theater


This theater is nestled in the heart of Naha City, in a quaint alley just off Kokusai Dori. After a temporary closure in April 2005, the movie theater underwent a transformative renovation and reopened in its current form in July 2005.
Beyond being a cinema, this venue offers a cafe and a shop, making it a versatile space for various activities. Moreover, on the theater's third floor, there is a workshop space where over 100 engaging lectures are conducted.
The shop boasts an array of movie-related books and DVDs, along with a selection of unique Okinawan crafts and manga. It is a favorite spot for tourists who delight in shopping while soaking in the local culture.


Kabushiki gaisha Crank was founded to manage Sakurazaka Theater. Additionally, Crank oversees all the cafes, shops, and workshops within the theater.
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  1. 1952
    Opened as a permanent Okinawan theater called "Sangoza".
  2. 1952
    Film screenings became the main focus of operations.
  3. 2005
    The operating company of the movie theater "Sakurazaka Multiplex Ryu-ei", withdrew from the movie business, leading to its closure.
  4. 2005
    Kabushiki gaisha Crank reopened the theater as "Sakurazaka Theater", offering not only movies and live performances but also featuring a café and shop.
  5. 2009
    Expanded the development of workshops under the title "Sakurazaka People's College", offering a total of 100 courses.
  6. 2010
    Commenced the purchase, sale, and wholesale of Okinawan crafts.


3-6-10 Makishi, Naha-shi, Okinawa-ken, 900-0013 Japan
・Theater: In addition to movie screenings, Sakurazaka Theater also hosts live concerts and events.
Hall A: 291 seats Hall B: 100 seats Hall C: 85 seats
・Fukurasha: The shop inside Sakurazaka Theater that sells second-hand books, miscellaneous goods, and Okinawan crafts.
・Sangoza Kitchen: The cafe where live concerts are held on the terrace.
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BON-UTA, A Song from Home
BON-UTA, A Song from Home
2019 / Documentary / 134min G

A story of connection between Fukushima and Hawaii through traditional performing arts.

In 2015, four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the people of Futaba Town in Fukushima Prefecture, forced to continue to live scattered in evacuation destinations, are concerned about the preservation of their traditional "Bon Uta". However, during this difficult time, they find that the tradition of Bon Odori (Bon dance) has been inherited by people who had immigrated to Hawaii from Fukushima over 100 years ago.
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Comments from the Theater

During Obon, everyone in the village dances "Bon Odori". The dance is enlivened by "Bon Uta", traditional songs passed down from generation to generation in each region, each with its unique charm. Interestingly, the term "Bon" used here has little religious significance. It's a day when people dance with joy while welcoming their ancestors but still let loose and dance without worry. It's a time when making noise and having fun are allowed, and it happens only once a year. So, how do they spend the rest of the year?
The film portrays the people of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, who lost their homes after the nuclear reactor exploded during the earthquake. Their homes were scattered, and they could no longer gather together to practice singing, drumming, or dancing, and certainly, Bon Odori couldn't be held anymore. "Bon Uta" is in danger of disappearing if things continue this way. From there, the movie delves into the long, profound history of the people of Futaba, who have endured various losses through generations. Behind the songs, hometowns, and lives, one can sense the presence of Japan as a country. Despite their losses, the powerful and vibrant "Bon Uta" created by these resilient people who never gave up on life reveals the coexistence of light and darkness within the nation.
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Your portal to a lost island dynasty and a modern-day kingdom of seaside pleasures

"The main island of Okinawa is a popular starting point for tourists wanting to explore this sub-tropical part of Japan. The city of Naha boasts an ancient castle, a vibrant shopping street, and many other attractions that make it well worth a visit.
Naha is by far the biggest city in Okinawa , home to around 21 percent of the main island's residents. It is also home to Okinawa's only public rail system, and the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yui Rail) provides an easy route through the city to the old capital of Shuri."
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