Tokyo multiplex has boffo first four days
TOKYO — Shinjuku Wald 9, the first true multiplex to be built in Tokyo’s largest entertainment district, has earned a sterling ¥26,200,000 ($216,529) in its first four days of operation.Jointly managed by the T-Joy and Toho Cinemas exhibition chains, the plex is expected to clear $16.5 million for the year. Opened Feb. 9 in the Shinjuku sub-center that offers everything from major legit theaters to a thriving red-light district, Shinjuku Wald 9 is located on the ninth to 14th floors of the Shinjuku 3-Chome East Building. All of its nine screens are outfitted with digital projectors — a first for a multiplex theater in Japan — supplied by NEC Viewtechnology. In addition to films, the facility will screen concerts and sports events. Shinjuku Wald 9 is currently screening “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Marie Antoinette,” “The Departed,” the China/Hong Kong/Japan co-prod “Battle of Wits,” the Japan-South Korea co-prod “Anata o Wasurenai” (I Can’t Forget You) and four local pics: drama “Dear Friends,” costumer “Oh-Oku,” fantasy hit “Dororo” and romantic drama “Ai no Ryukeichi” (Love Never to End).