AKB48 Theater

AKB48 Theater (AKB48劇場), is where AKB48 was founded, and where they hold their Theater Performances almost everyday. The AKB48 Theater is in Akihabara, Tokyo, which is the city that AKB48 is named after.

The AKB48 Theater is situated in the Don Quixote in Akihabara, with the theater on its 8th floor.

The Theater famously contains 2 pillars just before the stage, which on them have pieces of pink tape. These stripes of paint represent the number of years that AKB48 has been performing at the theater.

The AKB48 Theater is small and can therefore only fit a small amount of people. In order to go to a Theater Performance, fans have to enter a lottery to get tickets.

The theater formerly held the theater performances of SDN48, until their disbandment.

The current theater manager is Yuasa Hiroshi, and Kayano Shinobu is General Theater Manager of ALL48 Groups.

To celebrate Maeda Atsuko’s graduation from AKB48, a photo mosaic was created with 10,000 pictures sent by fans. The poster was displayed at AKB48 Theater between August 27 through September 3.

AKB Theater Anniversary is coincide with AKB48 Anniversary.

Iwate Incident

In May 2014, AKB48 members Kawaei Rina and Iriyama Anna were attacked during a handshake event. The group closed its theater for a week, and cancelled all planned shows. When the theater was reopened, AKB48 had made several changes to its security system. Metal detectors were established at the theater entrance. The number of security staff was also increased, and for the opening show 6 policemen were on lookout in the theater. A fence was established between the audience and the stage, forbidding the use of the front rows. This was a drastic change for AKB48, as the group had always put emphasis on being "close" to their fans.

During the first theater show since the attack, the members did not see off the fans with high fives as usual. It is unknown whether the high-fives will be introduced again. Furthermore, it was not possible to watch the show on the monitor in the theater lobby. Only people with a ticket to the specific show or those on the cancellation waiting list were allowed into the theater.

Current Stages

Past Stages

Team A

  • 1st Stage 「PARTYが始まるよ」(AKB48 Team A 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo") [2005.12.08-2006.03.31]
  • 2nd Stage 「会いたかった」(AKB48 Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta") [2006.04.15-08.11]
  • 3rd Stage 「誰かのために」(AKB48 Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tame ni") [2006.08.20-2007.01.25]
  • 4th Stage 「ただいま 恋愛中」(AKB48 Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu") [2007.02.25-06.26] and [2008.04.20-10.11]
  • 5th Stage 「恋愛禁止条例」(AKB48 Team A 5th Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei") [2008.10.19-2010.05.27]
  • 6th Stage 「目撃者」(AKB48 Team A 6th Stage "Mokugekisha") [2010.07.27-2012.10.29]

Team K

  • 1st Stage 「PARTYが始まるよ」 (AKB48 Team K 1st Stage "PARTY ga Hajimaru yo") [2006.04.01-07.05] and [2006.11.08-2006.12.14]
  • 2nd Stage 「青春ガールズ」 (AKB48 Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls") [2006.07.08-11.06]
  • 3rd Stage 「脳内パラダイス」 (AKB48 Team K 3rd Stage "Nounai Paradise") [2006.12.17-2007.06.22]
  • 4th Stage 「最終ベルが鳴る」 (AKB48 Team K 4th Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru") [2008.05.31-2009.04.04]
  • 5th Stage 「逆上がり」 (AKB48 Team K 5th Stage "Saka Agari") [2009.04.11-2010.02.21]
  • 6th Stage 「RESET」 (AKB48 Team K 6th Stage "RESET") [2010.03.12-2012.10.24]

Team B

  • 1st Stage 「青春ガールズ」 (AKB48 Team B 1st Stage "Seishun Girls") [2007.04.08-10.02]
  • 2nd Stage 「会いたかった」 (AKB48 Team B 2nd Stage "Aitakatta") [2007.10.07-2008.02.21]
  • 3rd Stage 「パジャマドライブ」 (AKB48 Team B 3rd Stage "Pajama Drive") [2008.03.01-2009.02.01]
  • 4th Stage 「アイドルの夜明け」 (AKB48 Team B 4th Stage "Idol no Yoake") [2009.02.08-2010.04.16]
  • 5th Stage 「シアターの女神] (AKB48 Team B 5th Stage "Theater no Megami") [2010.05.21-2012.10.20]

Team 4

  • 1st Stage 「僕の太陽」 (AKB48 Team 4 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou") [2011.10.10-2012.10.25]

Himawarigumi

  • 1st Stage 「僕の太陽」 (AKB48 Himawarigumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou") [2007.07.01-2007.11.30]
  • 2nd Stage 「夢を死なせるわけにいかない」 (AKB48 Himawarigumi 2nd Stage "Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai") [2007.12.08-2008.04.19]

Team Kenkyuusei

  • 1st Stage 「ただいま恋愛中」 (AKB48 Team Kenkyuusei 1st Stage "Tadaima Renaichuu") (2008.05.22~2008.10.07)
  • 2nd Stage 「アイドルの夜明け」 (AKB48 Team Kenkyuusei 2nd Stage "Idol no Yoake") (2009.03.06~2010.04.12)
  • 3rd Stage 「恋愛禁止条例」 (AKB48 Team Kenkyuusei 3rd Stage "Renai Kinshi Jourei") (2010.04.17~2010.06.18)
  • 4th Stage 「シアターの女神」 (AKB48 Team Kenkyuusei 4th Stage "Theater no Megami") (2010.06.20~2011.04.03)
  • 5th Stage 「RESET」 (AKB48 Team Kenkyuusei 5th Stage "RESET") (2012.03.29~2012.09.08)
  • 6th Stage 「僕の太陽」 (AKB48 Team Kenkyuusei 6th Stage "Boku no Taiyou") (2012.10.26~2013.03.17)
  • 7th Stage 「パジャマドライブ」 (AKB48 Team Kenkyuusei 7th Stage "Pajama Drive") (2013.03.20~2013.10.27)

SDN48

  • 1st Stage 「誘惑のガーター」 (SDN48 1st Stage "Yuuwaku no Garter") [2009.08.01 - 2012.03.28]

Trivia

  • It is customary for the graduates to take off their own photo from the hall by the theater when they finally officially graduate.

Slideshow

AKB48 Theater

Members Removing Portrait

AKB48
Members
Team A

Iriyama Anna | Okabe Rin (Captain) | Okumoto Hinano | Oguri Yui | Kato Rena | Sato Minami | Shitao Miu | Shinozaki Ayana | Suzuki Kurumi | Taguchi Manaka | Chiba Erii | Nishikawa Rei | Maeda Ayaka | Michieda Saki | Miyazaki Miho | Mukaichi Mion | Yamane Suzuha | Yokoyama Yui | Yoshida Karen

Team K

Ichikawa Manami | Okada Rina | Oda Erina | Kuranoo Narumi | Kobayashi Ran | Komiyama Haruka (Captain) | Shimoguchi Hinana | Nagatomo Ayami | Hashimoto Haruna | Harumoto Yuki | Hidaritomo Ayaka | Minegishi Minami | Muto Orin | Muto Tomu | Mogi Shinobu | Yasuda Kana | Yamada Kyoka | Yumoto Ami | Yokoyama Yui

Team B

Iwatate Saho (Captain) | Otake Hitomi | Omori Maho | Oya Shizuka | Okuhara Hinako | Kashiwagi Yuki | Kawahara Misaki | Kitazawa Saki | Kubo Satone | Saito Haruna | Sasaki Yukari | Sato Akari | Shimizu Maria | Takita Kayoko | Taniguchi Megu | Nakanishi Chiyori | Hattori Yuna | Fukuoka Seina | Honda Hitomi | Yamabe Ayu | Yoshikawa Nanase

Team 4

Asai Nanami | Inagaki Kaori | Utada Hatsuka | Omori Miyuu | Okada Nana | Onishi Momoka | Kawamoto Saya | Gyouten Yurina | Kurosu Haruka | Sakaguchi Nagisa | Sato Kiara | Takaoka Kaoru | Takahashi Ayane | Takahashi Sayaka | Tatsuya Makiho | Tada Kyoka | Nagano Serika | Hama Sayuna | Hirano Hikaru | Ma Chia-Ling | Miyazato Rira | Murayama Yuiri (Captain) | Yamauchi Mizuki

Team 8

Hokkaido & Tohoku : Sakaguchi Nagisa | Yokoyama Yui | Nunoya Riru | Inoue Miyuu | Mitomo Mashiro | Sato Akari | Hasegawa Momoka | Kanto: Okabe Rin | Honda Hitomi | Shimizu Maria | Takahashi Ayane | Yoshikawa Nanase | Oguri Yui | Oda Erina | Shiobara Karin | Hidaritomo Ayaka | Chubu: Utada Hatsuka | Suzuki Yuka | Hattori Yuna | Matsumura Miku | Hashimoto Haruna | Sakagawa Hiyuka | Hirano Hikaru | Takahashi Sayaka | Kansai: Nagano Serika | | Fukutome Mitsuho | Onishi Momoka | Hama Sayuna | Chugoku & Shikoku: Tokunaga Remi | Okuhara Hinako | Kamachi Yukina | Okumoto Hinano | Shitao Miu | Harumoto Yuki | Gyoten Yurina | Takaoka Kaoru | Rissen Airi | Kyushu: Yoshida Karen | Kawahara Misaki | Onoue Mizuki | Kuranoo Narumi | Yamada Kyoka | Uemi Sorano | Fujizono Rei | Miyazato Rira

Kenkyuusei
Kenkyuusei

Homma Mai | Ishiwata Sena | Kuramoto Miyuu | Suenaga Yuzuki | Nagano Megumi | Furukawa Nazuna | Honda Sora | Yoshihashi Yuzuka

Discography
Indie Singles 1. Sakura no Hanabiratachi | 2. Skirt, Hirari
Major Singles 1. Aitakatta | 2. Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru | 3. Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou | 4. Bingo! | 5. Boku no Taiyou | 6. Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka? | 7. Romance, Irane | 8. Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008 | 9. Baby! Baby! Baby! | 10. Oogoe Diamond | 11. 10nen Zakura | 12. Namida Surprise! | 13. Iiwake Maybe | 14. RIVER | 15. Sakura no Shiori | 16. Ponytail to Shushu | 17. Heavy Rotation | 18. Beginner | 19. Chance no Junban | 20. Sakura no Ki ni Narou | 21. Everyday, Katyusha | 22. Flying Get | 23. Kaze wa Fuiteiru | 24. Ue Kara Mariko | 25. GIVE ME FIVE! | 26. Manatsu no Sounds Good! | 27. Gingham Check | 28. UZA | 29. Eien Pressure | 30. So long! | 31. Sayonara Crawl | 32. Koi Suru Fortune Cookie | 33. Heart Ereki | 34. Suzukake Nanchara | 35. Mae Shika Mukanee | 36. Labrador Retriever | 37. Kokoro no Placard | 38. Kibouteki Refrain | 39. Green Flash | 40. Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai | 41. Halloween Night | 42. Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby | 43. Kimi wa Melody | 44. Tsubasa wa Iranai | 45. LOVE TRIP/Shiawase wo Wakenasai | 46. High Tension | 47. Shoot Sign | 48.Negaigoto no Mochigusare | 49. #SukiNanda | 50.11-gatsu no Anklet | 51. TBA
Best Albums 1. Set List ~Greatest Songs 2006-2007~ | 2. Kamikyokutachi | 3. Koko ni Ita Koto | 4. 1830m | 5. Tsugi no Ashiato | 6. Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe! | 7. Zero to Ichi no Aida | 8. Thumbnail | 9. TBA
Stage Albums
Team A 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaru yo" | 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" | 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tame ni" | 4th Stage "Tadaima Ren'aichuu" | 5th Stage "Ren'ai Kinshi Jourei" | 6th Stage "Mokugekisha" | 7th Stage "M'T. ni Sasagu"
Team K 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaru yo" | 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" | 3rd Stage "Nonai Paradise" | 4th Stage "Saishuu Bell ga Naru" | 5th Stage "Saka Agari" | 6th Stage "RESET"
Team B 1st Stage "Seishun Girls" | 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" | 3rd Stage "Pajama Drive" | 4th Stage "Idol no Yoake" | 5th Stage "Theater no Megami"
Himawari-gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou" | 2nd Stage "Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai"
Team 4 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyou" | 2nd Stage "Idol no Yoake"
Concerts
DVDs 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42
Filmography
Movies Densen Uta | DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued | DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Show must go on | DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 No flower without rain | DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 The Time Has Come
Dramas Majisuka Gakuen | Majisuka Gakuen 2 | Sakura Kara no Tegami | Majisuka Gakuen 3 | So Long! | Sailor Zombie | Majisuka Gakuen 4 | Majisuka Gakuen 5 | Cabasuka Gakuen | Crow's Blood | Tofu Pro Wrestling
Anime AKB0048
Events
Sousenkyo 1st Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 13th Single "Kamisama ni Chikatte Gachi Desu"
2nd Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 17th Single "Kaasan ni Chikatte, Gachi Desu"
3rd Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 22nd Single "Kotoshi mo Gachi Desu"
4th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 27th Single "Fan ga Erabu 64 Giseki"
5th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 32nd Single "Yume wa Hitori ja Mirarenai"
6th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 37th Single "Yume no Genzaichi ~Rival wa Doko da~"
7th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 41st Single
8th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 45th Single
9th Senbatsu Sousenkyo - 49 Single
Janken Taikai

1st Senbatsu Janken Taikai - 19th Single
2nd Senbatsu Janken Taikai - 24th Single
3rd Senbatsu Janken Taikai - 29th Single
4th Senbatsu Janken Taikai - 34th Single
5th Senbatsu Janken Taikai - Solo Debut + 38th Single

Group Draft Meeting

AKB48 Group Draft Meeting 2013
AKB48 Group Draft Meeting 2015

Units & Other Groups
Soloists Matsui Sakiko (Piano) | Iwasa Misaki (Enka) | Watanabe Mayu | Kashiwagi Yuki | Takahashi Minami | Itano Tomomi | Sashihara Rino | Kuramochi Asuka (Gachi Uma 2) | Kasai Tomomi (Gachi Uma - Former member) | Maeda Atsuko (Former member) | Oshima Mai (Former member) | Hoshino Michiru (Former member) | Oku Manami (Former member) | Ohori Megumi (Former member) | Ono Erena (Former member) | Hayano Kaoru (Former member)
Units No Sleeves | Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 | French Kiss | Not yet | DiVA
One-Shot Units NO NAME | YM7 | YJ7 | Ojarumaru Sisters | Team KISHIN from AKB48 | Sukeban Girls | Team Dragon from AKB48 | Honegumi from AKB48 | ICE from AKB48 | Crayon Friends from AKB48 | AKBIdoling!!! | Queen & Elizabeth | Natto Angels | Natto Angels Z | Okashina Sisters | Team Z | BABY GAMBA | Mini Skirt | Porrima from AKB48 | Team Surprise | Team BS
Sister Groups SKE48 | SDN48 (Disbanded) | NMB48 | HKT48 | JKT48 | TPE48 | SNH48
Rival Group Nogizaka46
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