Toyo Theatre

1230 College Walk,
Honolulu, HI 96817

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The Toyo Theatre opened in 1938, designed by noted Hawaii architect C.W. Dickey. The theater was located on College Walk near Beretania Street and served the Japanese population in Honolulu’s Chinatown. The theater presented both live shows and movies, though by the late-1960’s and early-1970’s it was showing adult movies.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Further information on the Toyo would be appreciated.

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teecee
teecee on April 28, 2005 at 6:16 am

An example of Edo period architectural style, it was modeled after the famous Ieyaso Shrine in Nikko, Japan. (National Park Service – cultural resources programs)

teecee
teecee on April 28, 2005 at 6:23 am

scenichawaii.org successfully fought to save the theatre from demolition. They probably have a lot of information on the history.

Patsy
Patsy on May 15, 2005 at 6:20 pm

TC: I just visited scenichawaii.org and will look to see if I can find out any Hawaiian theatre history. I’ve been studying all of the Dickey Hawaiian theatres and am so sad that the Waikiki is now committed to the history books….and all for a Foot Locker and a California Pizza restaurant!

KenRoe
KenRoe on May 26, 2007 at 3:02 am

The Toyo Theatre was opened by the Consolidated Amusement Co. on 16th June 1938. It was aparently briefly re-named the AALA Theatre in 1949-1950.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 26, 2007 at 6:55 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Toyo Theatre ** (added 1982 – Building – #82004997)
1230 College Walk, Honolulu
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Dickey,C.W.
Architectural Style: Other
Area of Significance: Architecture, Asian
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

TinCanAlley
TinCanAlley on September 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm

It was the most beautiful theater that I have ever
been to. I really wish that they’d kept it up & restored it.
I have very good memories of watching Samurai movies there in the late 50’s, early 60’s.

ChrisB
ChrisB on May 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm

There’s some good footage of the Toyo in the 1988 movie Aloha Summer.

magicman1433
magicman1433 on June 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Does anyone remember the name of the movie that played here as the second feature to the Kikaida 3D movie from the 70’s?

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