Session 4: Re-creating Spaces — Streets, Rooftop, Local Cinema
Hidehiko Ishibashi serves as the CEO of Ishibashi Sekkei, the organization that runs Toyooka Cinema in the countryside of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, since 2014. Born in 1969, Ishibashi moved to Northern Ireland in 1985 after completing Japanese middle school. After graduating from the University of Ulster, he completed his post-graduate studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University in Fine Art. Ishibashi then moved to London before returning to Japan in 1999. Ishibashi also organized the Tokyo meeting of the Northern Ireland Film Festival in 2008.
Toyooka Cinema was built in 1927 is currently a 94-years-old. It is located in Toyooka-city, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The cinema was opened originally as a theater for traveling drama companies and later became a dancing hall. It soon started showing films before the WWWII and finally settled as a regular cinema in 1950’s. The house was closed in 2012 for a year and half and reopened in 2014 under our new management.