When the Kitagi granite industry was at its peak, the tiny island of Kitagishima had four movie theaters. The Hikari Cinema operated from the early 1950s until 1967. The projector and other equipment remain in place, and the screen and chairs are still set up as if on a stage, providing an authentic retro atmosphere.
The theater was unused for a long time after the closing, but island residents have come together to revive it. It is currently used for Friendship Club meetings, and to screen a documentary film about Kitagi granite and the history of the “stone island” Kitagishima.