A theater (劇場 Gekijō) is one of the permanent locations where AKB48, SNH48 or a sister group perform almost everyday. Each of the current 48 groups has its own theater at a separate location. Performances at the theater are almost always a set of songs called a Stage, which can be original or a revival of a previous stage. The Team in a group often perform separate stages simultaneously.
AKB48, SNH48, and their sister groups have their own theaters in their respective base areas, and hold about two hours of theater performances consisting of singing, dancing and MC. Regular performances are held for each team, and a set list determined by 16 people per performance will be shown. Performances are 1-2 per day. It is held almost every day, changing the appearance team. Depending on the start time, it is distinguished from daytime performances, snack performances, night performances, etc. To see the performance, you need to apply at the ticket center in advance. Viewing tickets are sold for each performance, and those who win the lottery from among the applicants can purchase tickets on the day of the performance and enter the theater.
Theaters not only have a stage, they also have cafeterias, merchandise shops, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and some, like SNH48's theater, have dormitories for members.
Sakamichi Series groups don't have theater, nor do they perform stages. Also STU48, MNL48, AKB48 Team TP, AKB48 Team SH, CGM48, BEJ48 and CKG48 don't have a permanent theater, so they then perform in rotating leased enclosures. SGO48 and SDN48 didn't have its own theater either, the latter used the theater of AKB48.
List of current permanent theaters.
|AKB48||AKB48 Theater||Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan||2005.12.08 -|
|SKE48||SKE48 Theater||Sakae, Nagoya, Japan||2012.12.09 -|
|NMB48||NMB48 Theater||Namba, Osaka, Japan||2011.01.01 -||Only 48g theater located underground|
|HKT48||HKT48 Theater||Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan||2020.11.02 -|| Also called NISHI-NIPPON CITY BANK HKT48 THEATER |
They previously performed in a non-permanent theater
|NGT48||NGT48 Theater||Niigata, Niigata, Japan||2016.01.10 -|
|JKT48||JKT48 Theater||Jakarta, Indonesia||2012.09.08 -|
|BNK48||BNK48 Theater||Bangkok, Thailand||2018.04.26 -||Also called BNK48 The Campus|
|SNH48||SNH48 Theater||Shanghai, China||2013.08.30 -|
|GNZ48||GNZ48 Theater||Guangzhou, Guangdong, China||2016.04.20 -||Also called GNZ48 Theater & Village|
- All SNH48 Group theaters are called "Star Dream Theater" (星梦剧院 Xīng mèng jùyuàn)
List of theaters that were closed.
|STU48||STU48 Theater||Setouchi, Japan||2019.04.16 - 2021.05.23|| First theater on a ship |
The ship was called STU48 GO
Closed due to impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic
|BEJ48||BEJ48 Theater||Beijing, China||2016.04.20 - 2020.07.01||Closed due to impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic|
|SHY48||SHY48 Theater||Shenyang, Liaoning, China||2017.01.12 - 2018.12.31|| Formerly known as SHY48 Theatre |
Closed due SHY48 disbandment
|CKG48||CKG48 Theater||Chongqing (Chungking), China||2017.10.27 - 2018.12.31||Closed due CKG48 disbandment|
List of theaters whose construction was announced.
|Group||Theater||Location||Projected opening date||Notes|
|MNL48||MNL48 Theater||Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines||TBA||Under construction and is still unfinished as of 2022|