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Oahu's Closed Movie Theaters

A guide to movie theaters on the island of Oahu that are now closed.

Oahu Theaters Shut Down

Aala Theatre
This single screen 620-seat theater opened in Honolulu in 1932 and closed in 1954. Consolidated Theatres owned the Aala Theater in the 1950's. The building is now being used as a retail outlet selling beachwear and accessories.

Aikahi Twin Theater
This neighborhood movie theater in Kailua was opened by Pacific/Consolidated Theaters in 1975 and it was closed by the same company in August of 2007. The theater originally had one screen but it was split into two screens in 2985. The Aikahi Theater was located in the Aikahi Shopping Center at 25 Kaneohe Bay Drive in Kailua on the windward side of Oahu.

Enchanted Lake Cinemas
This 3-screen theater complex operated by Wallace Theaters opened at 1060 Keolu Drive in Kailua in the mid 1990's and it closed in 2004. It is in the same center as the currently operating Keolu Center Cinema 4, also operated by Wallace Theaters.

Golden Harvest Theatre
This 740 seat theater was located at 1152 Smith Street in Honolulu and it featured primarily Chinese language movies and martial arts films. The theater opened in 1981 and closed in 1995.

IMAX Waikiki Movie Theater
This IMAX giant screen theater with 420 seats opened in 1991 at 325 Seaside Avenue in Waikiki. This theater closed in 2003 and in 2005 the site became the home of Cirque Hawaii, a live show similar to Cirque du Soleil.
Waikiki IMAX Theater Closed in July of 2003

Haleiwa Theatre
Formerly located in Haleiwa Town on the north shore of Oahu where the McDonalds Restaurant is today.

Hawaii Cinerama Theater
This single-screen 950 seat theater with a spanish style interior opened at 1550 South King Street in Honolulu in 1929 as the new Pawaa Theater. It was remodeled in 1962 and renamed the Cinerama Theater. The theater showed classic and second run films throughout the 1990's but it finally closed in 1999. It is now an auto parts store.

Kailua Cinemas
This two screen theater in Kailua on the windward sid eof Oahu opened in the middle 1990's and it closed in 2004. Operated by Wallace Theaters.

Kaimuki Theater
The Kaimuki Theater at 3660 Waialae Avenue in Palolo, Kahala, opened in February of 1922 and it closed after a December 1980 storm damaged the roof and the interior. It was demolished in 1982. The former theater site is now the location of the exclusive 3660 On The Rise Restaurant.
- Photo of the Kaimuki Theater
- The Day the Kaimuki Theater Died

Kaneohe Twin
Originally called the Jerry Lewis Twin.

Kapahulu Theatre
This single screen 730 seat theater at 611 kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu closed in the 1980's and the building was demolished. it was originally owned by Royal Theatres and in the 1950's Consolidated Theatres took over operations.

Kapiolani Theatre
Operated by Consolidated Theatres.

King Theatre

Kuhio Theater and Kuhio Twin
The Kuhio Theater had one large screen when it originally opened in 1946. The movie "Hawaii" had its Hawaii preview here in the 1960's. In the 1980's the theater was remodeled to have 2 smaller screens. The Kuhio Theater was located at 2095 Kuhio Avenue in Honolulu. The theater closed in the 1990's and the building was demolished in 1996 and replace by a shopping center.
- Photo of the Kuhio Theater

Marina Twin
Operated by Royal.

Pearlridge Cinema 4
Opened at 98-151 Pali Momi Street in Aiea by Consolidated Theatres in the late 1970's and closed in 2000. Converted into office space.

Princess Theatre
The 700 seat Princess Theater originally opened at 1236 Fort Street Mall in downtown Honolulu in 1928. In 1958 it was remodeled to accommodate 3 strip Cinerama films.

Queen Theatre
The 850 seat, single screen Queen Theater was built in Kaimuki in 1936. It was located at 3588 Waialae Avenue in Honolulu.
- Photo #1 of the Queen Theater
- Photo #2 of the Queen Theater

Toyo Theatre
This theater opened in 1938 featured Japanese language films until it begain showing adult movies in the late 1960's. The theater is now closed but it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Varsity Twins Theater
This two screen theater complex with 480 seats is located in the Moiili area near the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It opened in 1939 as a single screen theater and the second screen was added in the 1980's. There has been talk in recent years of closing it and building new dorms for UH. Theater building was designed by architect Charles W. Dickey who died in 1942. According to a 2005 Honolulu Weekly article, in later years the theater was prone to leaking when it rained. The theater was used as a lecture hall by the University of Hawaii in the 1960's and 1970's and later it specialized in showing art films. Pacific/Consolidated theaters closed the Varsity Twin Cinema on June 17, 2007 and they traded the property to the Kamehameha Schools.
-2003: Do9rm Vision for Vasity Theatre Site
-2007: Pacific/Consolidated Closed Varsity Twin
- Photo of the Varsity Theater

Waikiki Theater and Waikii 3 Theater
This theater at 2284 Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, Honolulu opened in 1936 with a single screen. It was famous for its white palace exterior decor, tropical interior decor, lobby fishpond, and cinema organ. designed by architect Charles W. Dickey who died in 1942. The Waikiki Theater's name was changed to the Waikiki 3 When the Waikiki 1 and Waikiki 2 theaters opened nearby. The theater closed in November of 2002 and demolished in 2005.
- Article About the Waikiki Theater

Hawaii's Shut Down Ethnic Theaters
-Golden Harvest (Chinese)
-Liberty Theater (Chinese)
-Toya Theater (Japanese)
-Nippon Theater (Japanese)
-Zamboango Theatre (Filipino)

See also:
- Oahu Movie Theaters by Location
- Movie Theaters on Other Islands

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