Japanese movie theater with kotatsu seating looks like it’s the best cinematic experience ever

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Japanese movie theaters are already pretty awesome, what with their reserved seats, alcoholic beverages, and in-lobby shops selling merchandise so that you can purchase that plush BB-8 or Captain America shield coaster immediately after watching the latest "Star Wars" or "Avengers" installment. But one theater in particular, the Let’s Cinepark in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, is extra-special because of its newly configured Box Premium Seats.

No, these aren’t stuffy enclosed compartments where you’re sealed off from the rest of the audience. Instead, they’re rectangular seating areas outfitted with perhaps the world’s greatest piece of furniture: a kotatsu, a low table equipped with a heater underneath and a thick blanket for the lower half of your body.

▼ Japanese Twitter user @bashix4 describes the setup as “a dream come true.”


However, not every screening room in the cineplex is outfitted with kotatsu. It’s only theaters number one and two that have this toasty configuration. Since sharing a kotatsu means sitting in close proximity to your companions, though, Let’s Cinepark shows its biggest crowd-pleasers and event-level films in those rooms. Right now you can catch "The Last Jedi" and acclaimed anime "In This Corner of the World" while sitting in a kotatsu seat, and upcoming options include "Get Out," "The Greatest Showman" and "Geostorm."

The Tokorozawa Let’s Cinepark is located inside the Shin Tokorozawa Parco shopping complex, next to Shin Tokorozawa Station, which is roughly 35 minutes from downtown Tokyo by train. That puts it a little out of the way, but still well within striking distance for a night out (even if you want to get back to Tokyo in time for dinner at the kotatsu restaurant in Akasaka). And best of all, since Japanese audiences always stay until the end of the credits, you’ll be able to spend an extra-long time inside your kotatsu box seat.

Related: Shin Tokorozawa Let’s Cinepark website

Source: Shin Tokorozawa Let’s Cinepark via Jin

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It is possible to sleep under a kotatsu, although unless one is quite short,

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Yeah, I could go for that. A bit more swanky than Korea's "DVD Bangs"...

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We go to some movie theaters that have tables and serve food while you watch

Not like these kotatsu tables though - maybe could sneak in some nookie underneath - gives another meaning to "going down on ya in a theater" lol

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I wish the in-laws had a pad like that.

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Kink in the neck?

The seats behind look like high class seats. Have not been to a theater in years. Do they still have sticky floors and gum under the seats?

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Is this like at the very front?

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These are nice.  already have similar in a number of other countries (maybe without heater) - Singapore and Dubai are 2 I know of.  Costs a bomb though.

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Awesome! I totally dig this. Does it cost per per person or per group like at sumo or baseball box seats?

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