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Aratani Theatre

Aratani Theatre

Since its Grand Opening with a Kabuki performance from the National Theatre of Japan, the Aratani Theatre has been a cultural pillar in Little Tokyo since 1983.

Today, the 880-seat Aratani Theatre remains at the epicenter of Japanese and Japanese American performing arts. Through community programs, it also showcases the vibrantly diverse cultures of Southern California and beyond. It is a perfect, intimate, comfortable venue for chamber music, dance, and drama.

Since 2014, supporters helped to complete a new phase of technical upgrades in the Aratani Theatre. Their generous support has helped to infuse the theatre with its new sound, lights, rigging, soft goods, and projection systems. The Aratani Theatre Lighting Upgrade Project was made possible in part by generous support from George, Ruri, Lisa & Nathan Sugimoto, the Ahmanson Foundation, Aratani Foundation, Henry Ota in memory of Sue and Harry Ota, Akira Uehara, Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation, and the Folick Family.

A partnership between Bose® and JACCC has also enabled 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 using Bose’s innovative technologies, bringing the theatre’s acoustic performance to new levels of excellence.


Max Capacity: 880 (seated)

  • Balcony Seats: 213
  • Orchestra Seats: 628
  • Orchestra Pit Seats: 37

Aratani theatre floorplan

Bose® Roommatch® Line Array System
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.

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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.

Recent Technical Upgrade Support
Significant in-kind support for the Aratani Theatre has been provided by Bose Professional, Ushio America, Inc., and NEC Display Solutions.

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