By Cal Widdall
Before large-screen multiplexes were copy-pasted all over the city, Tokyo’s cinemas were more intimate and varied in atmosphere. Cinemagoers in the Showa era (1926-1989) would usually watch double bills in small theatre houses called meigaza. These classic theatres still operate in Tokyo today, usually run by movie fanatics who go to great efforts in coming up with compelling themes and selecting perfect combinations of movies. As well as offering a unique experience, most have far cheaper rates than regular cinemas, with tickets ranging from ¥1,000 to ¥1,500 for two back-to-back movies.