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In the early 1960s my father was the manager of the Jarvis. I remember seeing the 10 commandments, The apartment, Samson and Delilah and many more. Id cover my eyes with the parting of the red sea and the creation of the tablets by fire. Id help with the cleaning at closing time and be paid with a tiny cup of buttered popcorn where it was butter put on your corn and not the chemicals of today. My father was always in competition with The Crest which was managed by my grandfather until his death in 1975.
I went through Hawaii on my way to Guam, in 2005, had to stay overnight,so I walked Kalakaua Ave looking at places we went to in the 1980s when we were stationed in Hawaii. This place was boarded up. Kalakaua Ave is much darker these days. At least I have my memories of these grand theaters.
We loved the Palm trees inside and the organ music. I think this was in the movie Pearl Harbor
we saw Airplane here. We’d eat at McDonalds across the street or at the Renown Milano Italian restaurant, also across the street. Nice small, quiet theater.
I made a huge mistake one night. I asked for one ticket only which made my wife very angry. ONE PLEASE!
When I visited my wife who was stationed at Tripler, we went and saw Final Countdown here. When I was stationed at Schofield, Saturday nights was dinner at Tanaka’s of Tokyo then off to see a movie here. Good times.
I went & saw Star Trek 2, Wrath of Kahn when it opened in 1982. that night, my son was born.
I was stationed at Ft McClellan from 1974 to 1975. The theater was across the street from the bowling alley. Like all Army theaters, it didnt cost much to see a movie and it was a nice place to go on a Saturday night. Behind the theater was where couples could go for some private time as there was a nice quiet flower garden.
In the 1960s I remember seeing Bob Hope’s Call Me Bawana and James Bond’s Thunderball.
My family and I used to go here. The older side has a bad musty smell. you dont enjoy going here due to all the talking by the teens and seniors. The staff is impersonal and making going to the movies unenjoyable.
We used to go here when we didnt go to the V-drive In or Airport Drive In. Saturdays were the best days. Going to the Sun Theater in the afternoon and drive in at Saturday night. I wish those days were back and so were drive-ins.
The jarvis used to have Bingo games before the movie started. The prize, a 50 cent piece. I will try to find the picture I have of the jarvis and try to scan my admission ticket I also have a mint movie ticket to The Riviera which used to be on Chenango Street
When I was a kid in the early 1960s and we drove by this place on the way home, there was a black sillouette of a female figure on the building, the same kind you see on a semi wheel flap.
My grandfather, Charles F. Davis managed this theater until his death in 1975. When he played El Cid in the 1960s, the lobby was decked out like the fight scene. They did things with class back then. He demanded all male employees wear a Tuxedo and all female employees wear dresses. In the ticke booth he had a sign that said Admission 5 Cents. My father managed The Jarvis down the street on Main Street.