Published Online: Aug 20, 2009

Shoji Tabuchi Theatre's Restrooms Voted Nation's Best For 2009

For more information, contact:

David Brandt
ABR Survey Editor
Cell: 757-404-2032

For Immediate Release
August 20, 2009

Shoji Tabuchi Theatre’s Restrooms
Voted Nation’s Best For 2009
Branson, Missouri Theatre Wins 8th Annual “Cintas America’s Best Restroom Award”

Presentation Set for 2 p.m. Today


              Cincinnati, Oh. – The finest restrooms in America are in the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Missouri - says the Internet public who cast online ballots in the 8th annual “America’s Best Restroom” contest presented by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS), a leading provider of restroom hygiene products and services.  High-resolution images of the winner are available at

              The 2009 contest attracted nominations from a wide cross-section of businesses, including restaurants, hotels and several theatres. Ten finalists were selected based on exceptional hygiene, style and open access to the public.

             “This contest is meant to be fun, but there’s also an important message, which is that restroom hygiene matters - for good health and good business," said Cintas Senior Marketing Manager Keith Hartman. "Cintas is proud to honor the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre, and we congratulate all of our participants this year."

              Tens of thousands of votes were cast at the program’s web site, which produced the following results:




Restroom Feature

First Place: The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre

Branson, Missouri

Marble fireplaces, hand-carved mahogany pool table, antiques, lion’s head sinks, leather chairs, stained glass and chandeliers.

Second: The Tremont Plaza Hotel

Baltimore, Maryland

Extensive use of imported marble, grand columns, chandeliers and hand carved woodwork.

Third: Radio City Music Hall

New York, New York

Designed in the early 1930’s, restroom and lounges feature classic tile work, art deco furnishings and unique materials, such as cork-covered walls.

Fourth: Zeffirino Ristorante – Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

Custom-made mosaic tile artwork, Carra marble floors, Venetian plaster, Murano Glass chandeliers and washbasins, limestone water fountain and private restroom suites.

Fifth: The Drake Hotel

Chicago, Illinois

Palm Tree murals, private suites, in-stall makeup tables, elegant sconces and an array of chandeliers.


         Among the remaining finalists, those placing in sixth through tenth place are as follows: Macy’s – Union Square in San Francisco, California; The Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Florida; NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg, Florida; The Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan and Canlis Restaurant in Seattle, Washington.

         The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre received the coveted “America’s Best Restroom” plaque of recognition from Cintas during a special presentation today, and secured its place in the “America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame” found at   

          “We believe these restrooms are the most elaborate and ornate anywhere,” says Theatre Manager Michael J. Frederick. “Each restroom represents 1,800 square feet of deliberate, one-of-a-kind elegance.”

          The Cintas Corporation created the Best Restroom Award in 2001 to honor businesses across the country that maintain exceptional hygiene, with style, in their public restrooms. Previous winners have included restrooms at Notre Dame University; The Grand Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi; Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; the Fort Smith, Arkansas Airport; Wendell’s Restaurant in Westerville, Ohio; Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio and, in 2008, The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

           For more information about the Cintas Best Restroom Award VIII and the ten finalists, contact the Survey Editor, David Brandt, at 757-404-2032.


            The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre is located at 3260 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, Missouri.  The presentation of the America’s Best Restroom plaque will begin at 2 p.m. in the Theatre, followed by media tours, interviews and a reception in the lobby.


About Cintas Corporation

         Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types, predominantly in the United States and Canada. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Fortune Magazine has consistently listed Cintas as a "Most Admired Company" in its annual survey for the past nine consecutive years.