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I was one of the final managers at this location. It had a few really large auditoriums, but unfortunately it was very poorly maintained. Once other theatres went up in the area, this one literally died a quick death. The mall across the way is in a sad state itself as well.
I actually helped with the closing of this facility and then was responsible for it as a projection warehouse. It was very unique in design, but seemed to be anightmare from an operations standpoint. The projection stairs going to the third floor were VERY thin, to the point a film could not be moved there in clamps, but had to be broken down first. The element in the shoping center became extremely rough in 1997/1998 and there were several assaults and robberies in the parking lot, one right outside the front door where a customer was actually injured. The location was still profitting when it closed from what I was told, but it was too much of a liability and is now used as one of Regal’s warehouses.
Wallace cosed this little gem in early 2008. It was originally a single screen, but was twined in 1994 when Wallace purchased it from 2 professors at nearby BYU. When I operated it in 1995 it was a really busy little theatre, even though it was only open 6 days a week. (The LDS church owns the shopping center, and all businesses are REQUIRED to close on Sunday, and no “R” rates)
From what the shopping center says, the property is still leased by Wallace, though they have no plans to operate it.
I was the opening manager for this complex, and it really is a shame to see it in the condition it is in today. In its early days it was the largest complex on Big Island, and the only one with Digital Sound. It truly is a beautiful little theatre…wood floors, tin roof and all! It will be a real heart breaker when this one goes dark.