Construction to begin in 2010

TOKYO — Shochiku, which has been presenting the traditional theatrical art of Kabuki since 1895, has announced plans to replace its landmark Kabuki-za theater in Tokyo.

The theater, the fourth to stand on the site, was completed in 1951 and is a tourist mecca as well as the headquarters for Shochiku’s famous Kabuki troupe.

Construction on the 29-story building, which includes a theater retaining features of the present space, will start in 2010 and take three years to complete. The building will include offices, a solar generator on the roof and four underground floors.  

The first Kabuki theater on the site opened in 1889. It was rebuilt in 1911 but destroyed by fire in 1921. 

A larger theater  opened in 1925, built in the same mix of traditional Nara and Momoyama architectural styles as the current structure. It was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945.

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