Holding its gala grand opening in April 1983, with Kabuki from the National Theatre of Japan, the Aratani Theatre has been a cultural pillar in Little Tokyo for the last three decades.  More than $4.2 million of the $6.4 million cost of the Theatre was raised in Japan by a group headed by former Ambassador to the United States, Nobuhiko Ushiba, and Shintaro Fukushima, chairman of the Japan Times. Today, the Aratani Theatre continues to be at the epicenter of Japanese and Japanese American performing arts, and it is also shared by the arts community to showcase the vibrancy and diverse cultures of Southern California and beyond.

A partnership between Bose® and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center has made it possible for the Aratani Theatre to be the first performing arts venue in Southern California to house a newly custom-designed Bose® RoomMatch® sound system. A total audio refit was completed in November 2014 with Bose’s innovative technologies, bringing the theatre’s acoustic performance to new levels of excellence.

Thanks to the partnership and generous support of Bose®, the Aratani Theatre now provides the finest listening experience for its audiences and is a premier venue for artists who value quality sound in an intimate environment.

Another unique feature of the Theatre is the custom-made doncho (curtain) of handwoven silk, made in Kyoto, featuring a colorful giant peacock soaring over a flurry of cherry blossom petals. The only other donchos in the United States are in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Fan-shaped with good sightlines unhampered by posts, it is a perfect, intimate and comfortable venue for chamber music, dance and drama.

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