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#About the Kabuki-za Theatre of Japan

If you have not heard of a local theater that is friendly for tourists, then you haven’t heard about Kabuki-za. Yes, in the beautiful Kabuki-za Theater, you can enjoy a traditional and colorful ancient Japanese theater experience, that considers your limited Japanese language knowledge.

In the theatre which is located in Ginza, you can purchase tickets on discount and watch one of many long acts. During the play, you can rent headphones which have verbal English translation for every act.

Watching Kabuki-za shows might seem boring to those who do not speak Japanese, but surprisingly it is rather fascinating. The colorful play is rich in music and life, in a beautiful and impressive hall. All these components provide a real satisfying experience.

For those interested in local anthropology, culture and
folklore, which were not intended for tourists and therefore give it an
authentic taste, Kabuki-za shows are a must.

Every act in the Kabuki-za Theatre is about half an hour and one hour and a half.

#The History of the Theatre

Over the years the Kabuki-za Theater had undergone various incarnations. It began in 1889, when the building was built, and continued with the transfer of the ownership to others. Soon after that, it continued with the reconstruction of the building, followed by the devastating bombing and severe damage sustained during World War II and the post-war renovations. In 2013 it was reopened after a huge skyscraper was built above it.

Nowadays, the Kabuki-za Theatre in a beautiful, cultural and impressive building. If you don’t have enough time, even peaking and looking around the building is considered interesting.

You can purchase a ticket for only $15 for one of the several plays. Such a play lasts between half an hour and an hour and a half, which will suffice for an experience in an unfamiliar language.
You will need to go to the ticket office on the day of the show to purchase tickets for a play.

Bring binoculars because the first act tickets are at the
upper edge of the hall.

Arrive at the theatre about half an hour before the time of the play. You can spend your time waiting while strolling around the lobby and taking photos with the main characters of the show.

Buying tickets ahead of time is very expensive for all the acts.
Headphones with vocal English translation will cost 5 dollars extra.
It is prohibited to take photos during the play.

A Closer Look at the Theater:


The Japanese Bottles on Stage:

Broadway Street
Broadway Street
#About the Theater of New York

The street where you can see incredible shades of New York, is Broadway Street, the theater street of New York. This street is actually a long avenue that divides Manhattan into two. Broadway in English means a broad, or wide, street.

Most of the streets and avenues in Manhattan are built as cross-sections forming right-angled intersections, however Broadway Avenue goes in a diagonal way across the city, and is not parallel to any street. The reason is that Broadway was paved before the majority of the streets and avenues in Manhattan.

Today, Broadway is a second name to the theater industry. The theater district and Lincoln Center, located on the street, present a collection of shows, mostly musicals. The Broadway theaters represent the highest quality theater in the commercial English speaking world. In 2012, over a billion dollars in ticket sales were for Broadway shows, and were watched by more than 12 million visitors.

In 2010 New York declared its decision to close the street to car traffic in the busy areas of the street, to avoid issues of overcrowding. Store owners loved this idea, and began taking out chairs and picnic tables to the street, in the Times Square area.

Dozens of stores, restaurants and cafes, street performances and amazing shows - this street is the best show in town...

#Cheap Tickets

At the center of the square you can find a kiosk for selling discount tickets, TKS, that offers tickets that have not yet been sold for same-day shows, around a 30%-50% discount. Don't worry, if you thought you would miss the kiosk, just look for the long line that spreads at the center of the square and you will immediately see it. Good luck!

#Shopping in Broadway

There are hundreds of stores on Broadway Avenue, especially during the section between 8th Avenue and Canal Street, offering great shopping for designer clothing. There are expensive designer stores like Prada, as well as cheaper stores and large international brands. Try getting a glimpse of the Bloomingdales department store, where there are many surprises to be found.
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Gran Teatre del Liceu
#About Barcelona's Central Theater

Gran Teatre del Liceu, the large theater in Barcelona, is known mostly for the impressive operas that are performed here. It is located across from the Mercado de La Boqueria, and is considered one of the largest and leading theaters in Europe.

The theater opened in 1847 with private funding and its main purpose was to promote musical education. It soon gained an international reputation and became one of the most important opera houses in Spain. But the building was not always as impressive and beautiful as it is today. In two fires in the building, the ongoing activity was halted and years of renovation and reconstruction were required in order to restore it to its activity.

The first fire took place in 1861. The fire caused damage, but was not severe. After a year, the theater opened again to visitors. In 1993, about a year after the Olympic Games in Barcelona, ​​following an electric short circuit, a fire broke out and destroyed the place. The renovators used old photographs and sketches and tried to preserve the original appearance of the theater. The damage was so severe that it took six whole years to renovate and restore the hall and stage. In 1999, after all that has happened, the theater reopened to the public.

The theater has over 2,200 seats. Here, you can listen to different operas by Vardi, Donizetti, Bizet, and Mozart, sung by the best singers in the world. Every day at 10:00 am a guided tour begins of the theater, that lasts for about half an hour.

#About the Class Characterizations at the Theater

In the past, there was a clear separation between the different classes. The main entrance to the theater, the one located on La Rambla Avenue, was for the upper class and nobility. They paid an extraordinary amount of money, and the main entrance led them straight to their comfortable viewing boxes. These boxes had the best view of the stage, and visitors enjoyed the great view with fantastic acoustics.

The lower class, those who could not pay the viewing box prices, entered the theater from a side street called San Pau, and sat in the upper galleries. Viewing the stage from this angle was not so great, and the acoustics in the upper galleries was not as great either.

Today, all the visitors enter from the main entrance on La Rambla Avenue, thought the ticket price differences still exist, and is pretty large.

#What is the Theater's Hall of Mirrors?

From the atrium, you can see wide steps leading to the Hall of Mirrors, whose walls are covered with large mirrors. This is also where visitors used to gather during intermissions. However, as you can imagine, these were only members of the upper class, nobility, and dignitaries.

Take a look at the ceiling frescoes, where you can see the god Apollo sitting on a train, surrounded by nine muses. On the walls of the hall there are quotes and sentences that idealize music, and also many golden decorations.

In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the whiplash of an explosion from a bomb that fell near the theater, caused the collapse of the ceiling and huge damage to the theater. The ceiling was recreated, of course, and the theater was renovated a few years later.
#About Austria's National Theater

The Burgtheater, the National Theater of Austria, is the oldest theater in Europe. It was founded by Empress Maria Theresa in 1741. The Viennese call it simply the "screw."

In 1776 it became the National Theater, thanks to the initiative of Emperor Joseph II, son of Maria Theresa. It is located within a historic building in the Ringstrasse, the boulevard that surrounds the center of Vienna. This theater was moved to this building in 1888.

But the "Screw" was never just a theater house. Many lovers of art and culture visited this place regularly, especially during the Golden Age of Vienna, like many prominent actors and actresses.

The building was damaged during World War II, but it was not long before it was restored back to function. The structure of the theater on the outside reminds of a large and impressive white castle, but the interior is no less magnificent and impressive. This luxury is expressed, among other things, by the luxurious chandeliers, carpets and ceiling paintings painted by the Klimt brothers. It has 1,300 seats and so many visitors have come here over the years. Quite a few playwrights have staged their plays here, including Theodore Herzl.

Today you can listen at the museum to concerts and other special events. The annual literary festival is also held here every year.

A Closer Look:



Suzanne Dellal center
Suzanne Dellal Center
#About the Tel Aviv Dance and Theater Center

In the heart of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood in Tel Aviv, is the Suzanne Dellal Dance and Theater Center, a cultural center that won the Israel prize as an art complex in 2010, and is considered one of the most important dance centers in Israel. The center was established and named for the Dellal Family in London, who paid for its renovations.

The original purpose of the center was to keep a connection with Tel Aviv history and culture, and this is why the location Neve Tzedek was chosen. Its purpose was to expand and back Israeli art and dance, with a combination of other art. It was built on two old schools, built in 1908 by Joseph Eliyahu Shalosh. One of them is the building of the boys school of Alliance, which is known as Kol Israel Haverim, and the second is the building of the girls' school of the Hibbat Zion movement.

Today the Suzanne Dellal center is a home to three professional companies in Tel Aviv; the Sheva Dance Company, the Inbal Dance Company, and the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Company. There are many festivals here yearly (among them is the flamenco and ballet competitions), and the Orna Porat school for Theater for children and teenagers. In the 1990's the Tel Aviv Symphony was added to the mix, and holds impressive concerts here.

#Suzanne Dellal Architecture

In 1989, with the establishment of the Suzanne Dellal renovations, four buildings in the complex were renovated into four theaters especially for dance. These buildings surround the open space outdoors, where there are sometimes outdoor performances.

The wonderful work of Shlomo Aronson, even won him a Rechter Prize. Aronson combined the date trees with water canals, with the idea to remind visitors of the vast orchards that used to exist here, that were uprooted with Neve Tzedek was built. The canals immortalize the watering process that was used in the orchards.

A Closer Look:
Lyceum Theatre
Lyceum Theatre
#About the Museum

Lyceum Theater is located in Westminster City, the second historic center of London, on Wellington Street. This is a central axis in the development of modern London and includes a lengthy, rich history of buildings and sites that are familiar to this day.

The theater itself was built in 1765 and has 2,100 seats. In the past, the building was used for various needs such as circuses, operas and even exhibitions. It was here that Madame Tussauds held the first exhibition, making it a popular museum in the British capital.
After a fire that caused damage to the building, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1834. During this period there were plays that were adapted according to the novels of playwrights such as Charles Dickens and Shakespeare. In subsequent years, various melodramas were played at the theater. In 1951, the theater was converted into a hall where famous bands appeared.

The theater has been hosting the musical "Lion King" based on the well-known Walt Disney film since 1999. The play is quite an experience - both visually and in musically. The music is the original soundtrack of the film by Tim Reiss and Elton John. Add to this the magnificent setting, the costumes, the makeup and the effects, and you will understand that it is a breathtaking and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is no wonder that this play has been running for many years and is very popular among tourists.
Delacorte Theater
Delacorte Theater
#About the Free Theater in Central Park

At the center of Central Park in Manhattan, under the open sky and fresh air, you will find the Delacorte Theater. This is a public theater, open and free, that performs different shows in the park. This tradition is widely known in New York, and has been going on for 50 years.

In the summer months thousands of locals and visitors come here to see a variety of Shakespeare's plays. Since it was opened in 1962 until today, a million people have seen the performances here, more than 150 Shakespeare plays, classical shows, and musicals.

The theater is named after Valerie and George T. Delacorte, who donated the funds for the establishment of the theater. Back then, the well-known theater producer, Joseph Pap, showed a few Shakespeare plays to his class. He believed that the theater experience is relevant to everyone, and it needs to be free and available. After he proved that there was a large audience for meaningful shows, it was proven that a theater should be built in Central Park, and that the idea was worth the investment. He began raising money and created one of the most popular traditions in the city.

The first play showed here was Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, in 1962.

Tickets to the plays in the theater are free, but are only released that same day of the show. They are given out starting at 12:00 pm, with a limit of 2 tickets per person. Usually you will see a long line of people who come to the park at around 6:00 am, to try and get the tickets. We think this is worth every minute, to try and be a part of this long-standing tradition.

A Closer Look at the Theater:

Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare's Globe
#Shakespeare's Theatre

The Globe Theater was built at the end of the 16th century for the William Shakespeare Theater Company. In 1613, the theater went up in flames, after a cannonball was shot as a part of the play "Henry VIII." A fire ignited the straw roof. A year later the theater was rebuilt and again opened, this time with a tiled roof. Under the influence of the Puritans (a movement that fought Catholic influences on the Church of England) the theater was closed in 1642 and destroyed. Only in 1989 were its foundations discovered, under another building.

In 1997, the Globe Theater was reconstructed 200 meters from where the original theater once stood. The original plans of the ancient Globe were used for its construction. Today it is one of the most sought-after sites to watch Shakespeare's plays in London. Similarly to the Elizabeth Globe Theater, the open roof of the new theater is also made of straw, but it is safer, and cannons are no longer fired at the theater.

A Closer Look:


Black Theatre
Black Theatre
#The Black Theatre

The Black Theatre is its own unique genre in Prague, performing a variety of shows with black light illusions. The hands of the operators create a wonderful effect, combined with the content of an entertaining and fun show.

The art in this special technique, that takes light, shade, and darkness, has gathered up popularity to such extent in Prague, that the Black Theatre has a few new competitors around the city. At the Black Theatre you can enjoy a show of the highest quality.

For those interested, there is also the Black Theatre in the old city, named Ta Fantastika. Enjoy!

A Closer Look at the Black Theatre:

EYE Film Institute
#About the Institute

The EYE Film Museum (EYE Filmmuseum) is the ideal place for all film lovers. This amazing architectural pearl, located on the banks of the River IJ, is one of the most fascinating attractions in Amsterdam. The way to reach it is by ferry and there is no doubt that it is a must see part of the experience.

The EYE Museum was established in 2009 and is the result of a union of three different cinema institutions in Amsterdam. It reopened at its present location in April 2012. Among the exhibits and displays you will see students who are going around and learning about the history of cinema and taking part in educational activities offered here.

The museum has a collection of more than 37,000 films, over 700,000 pictures from the world of cinema, more than 60,000 posters of films, soundtracks and more. The museum also has a permanent exhibition devoted to the history of the cinema and a room with a screen where you can watch scenes from different movies. The complex also has four halls where classic films and various art exhibits are screened.
Times Square
#About the Most Well-Known Square in New York

The most well-known square in New York is Times Square, the lit up and festive, by dozens of large and glittering advertising signs covering the buildings around the square. These have long since become the square's trademark.

Usually, the square is crowded with visitors and tourists, and it will be easy to tell which people are seeing the square for the first time. The word square is the familiar definition of the area, though this is not a classical square, but more of a large open space between Broadway Avenue and 7th Avenue, and 42nd to 47th Street.

The Square is named after the newspaper, the New York Times, whose offices moved to the square in 1905, and has since remained there. Three weeks after the newspaper moved into the square, the first neon sign was hung up, that has since outlined the character and style of the square.

At the beginning of the 20th century, many known stars spent time here, like Charlie Chaplin and Fred Astaire, as the place developed and theaters were built, and restaurants and entertainment centers. In the 1930's, during the Great Depression, the square became the center of the sex industry, and was mainly visited by gamblers and criminals until the 1990's. At this stage, Rudolph Giuliani, the mayor of New York City at the time, cleaned up the square and crime from the questionable characters that came here, and closed the brothels.

Today you will find many giant stores, TV studios, well-known restaurants, impressive hotels and popular businesses.

#Tourists at the Square

The Square's quieter hours are in the morning, and as the day goes on more and more visitors arrive, there is no doubt that the peak hours are in the evening, when the lights and signs light up and stand out in the darkness. You will find here many attractions for tourists, and maybe this is also the reason no one misses a chance to visit here. There are 12,500 hotel rooms, occupied by 26 million visitors each year. Here are more than 250 restaurants, and about 1,500 different businesses. Street performers are spread out along the street and the square, among them artists, painters, performers, and different acts. The square is visited by 39 million visitors each year.

#Midnight on New Year's Eve in Times Square

On New Year's Eve, hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals come to the square to see the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball drop, and count down together to the new year. Every year the crystals on the Ball are designed in a different way, and are able to withstand tough weather. The Ball is lifted during the last few minutes of the end of the year, and falls 120 meters along a big metal pole during the final countdown. This is a special and moving moment, and fireworks add to the atmosphere of celebrations.

#Theaters in Broadway

In the square are 40 theaters of Broadway, that sell millions of tickets each year. Here, the biggest and famous shows are performed, the hottest shows in the United States. There are shows here for all ages. The shows are well invested in, and tickets are not sold for cheap, tickets can be between 130-160 dollars per ticket.

At the center of the square you can find a kiosk for selling discount tickets, TKS, that offers tickets that have not yet been sold for same-day shows, around a 30%-50% discount. Don't worry, if you thought you would miss the kiosk, just look for the long line that spreads at the center of the square and you will immediately see it. Good luck!

#In the movies
The square has appeared in various films. In "Vanilla Sky," it can be seen totally empty, as the scene was filmed early one Sunday morning with traffic blocked.

The giant gorilla in "King Kong" destroys everything in the square, throwing people and cars in all directions. And in the zombie movie "I Am Legend," Will Smith hunts for deer in the desolate square.

Kids and teenagers will love the shopping in Times Square, especially the concept stores. like the M&M candy store and the video store ESPN Zone.
Dolby Theatre
#About the Place Where the Oscar Awards are Distributed

Since its opening in 2001, the Dolby Theater, formerly known as the Kodak Theater, has hosted the annual and glamorous Oscar ceremony. Then all the great Hollywood filmmakers come here and present themselves to dozens of cameras and photographers, interested in every detail, including personal or at least gossip.

The rest of the year it serves as a hall for performances, official ceremonies, concerts, reality shows, "America's Got Talent" and dance performances. It is located in Hollywood in the Highland entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue.

In its external design, this theater is misleading. Although it was designed and built at the beginning of the 21st century, its façade is much more typical of the architecture of the 1920's and the 20th century.

The interior design of the theater includes decorated columns displaying the names of the films entitled "Best Films." There are quite a few places for future winners of this prize.

On other evenings, by the way, it is hard to recognize that here is the sparkling ceremony for the entire world to see. A few days before the glittering Oscar event, a golden cloak covers the theater. The sign is replaced in the Dolby Theater, and the corridors and steps to the building are covered with the famous red carpet.

Tickets for a guided tour of the Oscar Hall and the rest of the building from inside can be purchased at the ticket office.

A closer look at the hall itself:


And a tour of it:


And a 360-degree view of the Oscar red carpet:

Bruce Lee Statue
#About the Statue of the Legend of Cinema Kung Fu

The Bruce Lee Statue, on the magnificent Kowloon promenade, is located in what is called the "Hong Kong Star Avenue." Lee, the Kung Fu movie star, who symbolized justice and honesty in his films, was born in the United States but moved to Hong Kong as a child. He became famous in a series of films in which he demonstrated impressive martial arts skills. He died in 1973. His death at the age of 32, has been officially tied to cerebral edema, although conspiracy theories claim otherwise.

The bronze statue shows Lee in his classic pose, shirtless in his upper body and holding his weapon, the Nunchaku. The sculpture was founded at the initiative of the Bruce Lee Club in Hong Kong, which also financed the sculpture. The club members, by the way, originally intended to build a museum for the esteemed star, but failed to raise enough money and a suitable place in the city for a museum. So the statue was finally placed in the Kowloon area, a place is formerly known as the Hong Kong Martial Arts Center.

#Who Was Bruce Lee?

Bruce Lee, the hero of Kung Fu movies of the 1970's, is memorialized in a statue in Hong Kong that was placed here for his 65th birthday. The bronze statue cost $150,000, and commemorated the one who was named "The most prominent Chinese Movie Star in the 20th Century."

The inspirational story of Bruce Lee begins in 1955, when he was 14 years old he lost in a street fight between gangs who he fought. He decided to dedicate his life studying Kung Fu, and learned at the Hong Kong Martial Arts Center. His decision took an interesting turn when instead of being a gang member, he decided to act in movies about Chinese martial arts. From there he shot up and became an international movie star, when in a series of box office hits in the 1970's, he revealed Kung Fu to the world.

He became famous with Kung Fu movies, Lee became a huge star in China, and later on across the globe. He got famous especially after the movie "Big Boss" in 1972, and in 1973 "Dragon," "Fist of Fury," and "Return of the Dragon." These movies got him international fame and respect in the history of cinema and the movie industry.

A Closer Look:


A Visit:


Bruce Lee Imitator in the Streets of Hong Kong:

The Hollywood Museum
#About the Hollywood Museum

In a building painted in green and pink colors, styled in the Art Deco style, is the Hollywood Museum. Today you can see here costumes and relics from known actors. Actually, this museum houses the largest collection of Hollywood souvenirs in the world.

The museum has 4 floors, showing about 10,000 items from the cinema and TV world - parts of different sets, costumes, vintage souvenirs, photos, items, and more. For example, you can see the prison cell of Hannibal from "Silence of the Lambs," Marilyn Monroe's famous dress, Elvis's famous tux, Superman's suit, Rocky's boxing gloves, and more.

The museum displays Hollywood and its history and fame. In the past, this building was used as a factory for the makeup company Max Factor, named after Factor himself, the king of makeup, the same one who created the glowing look for most Hollywood stars. Don't forget to visit the famous makeup rooms in the museum.

In the museum are also temporary exhibits.

A Closer Look at the Museum:

Mann's Chinese Theater
#About the Location of the Handprints of Stars

How exciting to know that where you stand stood many of the stars you are used to seeing on television and film. In this very place, the Mann's Chinese Theater, more than 150 stars with their handprints in cement, from Shirley Temple to Nicholas Cage.

This site is one of the most prominent symbols of Hollywood Boulevard.

The entire architectural structure is impressive, but pay special attention to the front of the building, which is decorated in the style of an ancient Chinese temple. Every year new stars are invited to accept the status and leave their heritage at the entrance to the theater.

If you arrive in the morning you will be able to see the handprints clearly and take pictures with them properly. By the way, quite a few premieres are held here, so do not be surprised if you come here on one of the evenings and suddenly you will find yourself as part of the fans who came to cheer up the actors. In fact, almost no Hollywood actor has not stepped on the red carpet permanently placed at the entrance to this theater.

The Chinese theater has been a movie theater for years, beginning in 1927, and many premieres were screened there. You will also be able to see the latest and most recent movies. Here, the area's cleaning workers also brush the concrete plates and iron hoops.

In the past it was said, that "not seeing Chinese theater while visiting Los Angeles is like visiting China without seeing the Great Wall."

#Detective mission

Can you find out who has a particularly large shoe size?

Jennifer Aniston Makes her Mark:


Marilyn Monroe Makes her Mark:


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