Grant Heights Theater

Grant Heights Housing Area,
Tokyo

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Grant Heights was a US Military housing complex located in Nerima-ku, the northwestern of the 23 districts of Tokyo City. It served personnel assigned to numerous posts and bases in the area. The land had formerly been an Imperial Army Air Force station.

Built in the late-1940’s and operated by the US Army military services unil its closing in the late-1960’s, "Grant Heights Theater" was basically a two-storey prefab rectangular box with a partially glassed-in one-storey lobby facing an adequate parking area. Apart from the theater’s name and a decorative false facade above the lobby, the building was plain. I do no know its capacity. It wasn’t a Palace.

Contributed by Robert L. Kerby

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Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on January 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm

For a panoramic view of the theater and its neighborhood, see: View link
The photo dates from the very early 1970’s. The theater’s façade had been improved. The buildings shown are (L to R) the Dispensary, the PX Commissary, and the Grant Heights Theater. A common parking lot is in the foreground. This block, near the center of the US housing complex, was bordered by Narimasu Road [on the west; the former N-S runway of the Imperial Army’s Narimasu Air Base], Commissary Ave [on the north], East St, and Theater Ave. The theater (“Building 769, in military jargon) was at the corner of East and Theater.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on January 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm

The “Comment” box is a little small. Hence, Volume Two. If one Googles “Nerima”, one can find a map of Tokyo and its neighborhood, including the location of Nerima-ku, the district in question. The US military housing complex was acquired in 1948, and returned to the Japanese in 1973. Grant Heights has since become “Hikarigaoka,” a high-rise housing complex for workers interspersed with very pleasant parks — and now even served by an extension of Tokyo’s vast subway system! Before the US arrived, Narimasu Air Base was home to Ki-84 Type 4 “Hayate” fighters of the Imperial Army Air Force. Toward the end of WWII, it was a base for kamikaze. Strange, how things go….

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on January 23, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Much closer maps of the Grant Heights neighborhood (in Tokyo) may be found at: View link Grant Heights was in the northwesternmost district of the City,“Nerima-ku”. Sorry for the delay; I just found this link. We ancient geezers (I’m almost 75) don’t recollect stuff too swiftly.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on January 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

There is a large (and expandable) aerial photo of the Grant Heights Housing Complex at: View link The theater is near the midpoint. Again, apologies for the delay.

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