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The Best Arthouse Cinemas in Tokyo

Courtesy of National Film Centre
Courtesy of National Film Centre
Whether you’re on the hunt for your favorite cult classic or the latest in contemporary arthouse cinema, we’ve rounded up the best revival houses in Tokyo.

Shin-Bungeiza

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Shin-Bungeiza is beloved for its all-night screening events, which feature around five films back to back (usually rallying around a unifying theme) for just 3,000 yen (US$26) on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This independent theater screens a huge variety of movies from various genres and in various languages, from indie to mainstream, so those loyal to Shin-Bungeiza never get bored.
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Ebisu Garden Cinema

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Ebisu Garden Cinema
Ebisu Garden Cinema | © Dick Thomas Johnson/Flickr
After four years as a K-pop events hall, Ebisu Garden Cinema reopened in 2015 as one of Tokyo’s most prominent revival houses. This theater often screens arthouse flicks and independent documentaries, and doesn’t shy away from showcasing foreign talent. However, to keep the ticket sales coming, Ebisu Garden Cinema also features mainstream cinema, especially if it didn’t end up being appreciated by the mainstream in the first place.
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Uplink

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Thirty-year-old indie cinema Uplink is located in Udagawacho, within walking distance of Shibuya Station. This independent theater includes a café and shop on the ground floor and a free gallery upstairs where local artists can exhibit their work. In addition to their typical theater setup with the large main screen, Uplink also has two smaller, cozier screening rooms.
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National Film Center

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Courtesy of National Film Centre
Courtesy of National Film Centre
For history buffs, the National Film Center is the ideal choice. This theater focuses on preserving and reviving old films and documentaries, especially educational ones and those with some historical significance. English information available.
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Sun:
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 6:30 pm