Queen Theater

3588 Waialae Avenue,
Honolulu, HI 96816

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Queen Theater

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A neat theater in Honolulu’s Kaimuki neighborhood with a stage, fly tower, and dressing rooms for live shows. The Queen Theater was opened prior to 1947.

Became a second run theater and was showing midnight “Rocky Horror” shows for a while before closing.

Contributed by Eric Quakenbush

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CSWalczak on June 24, 2010 at 12:03 am

A local group has formed in an effort to preserve this theater: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Thanks CWalczak.Good article hope it can be saved,but if it is in a bad part of town as mentioned above it might be useless to try and open it.

jucee711 on October 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm

What “bad part of town”??? Obviously, none of you have been to Kaimuki Town recently. There has NEVER been a “bad part of town” in this area. I was born and raised in Kaimuki, patronized the old Queen Theatre (before it went porno), saw my first Rocky Horror Picture Show there, and if anyone still remembers, Kaimuki Theatre, located a block away from the Queen (well, it was a block away, now torn down and a new commercial building in it’s place. I also remember the old Kress/Ben Franklin store, Thrifty Drugs, National Dollar Store and my favorite eating place, Aotani Okazu. Now all long gone. I also worked in Kaimuki Town for nine years from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s…and BTW, I still live in Kaimuki. There has never been a “bad part of town” in the Kaimuki district. Yeah, the building is really sad looking now, but that is the owner’s (Narciso Yu)fault. When you don’t take pride in your property and let it go undeveloped for 25 years, this is the result. There have been many groups that have wanted to restore the theater to it’s former glory, but he (Mr. Yu) has been resistant to any discussions (or answering phone calls) regarding this.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I was going by what was said above Jucee,Hope it gets saved.This was a Yulcan Theatre along with the CAMEO gave up on X rated movies in the ninties and started showing mainstream films.Sadly they closed the Rex Twin Cinemas.

JimMitchell on December 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

The Kaimuki’s owners (Consolidated, I think) tried making it an art house in the early 1960s. I saw my first Bergman film, The Virgin Spring, there. Times were already tough for free-standing, single-auditorum movie theaters by then. I left Hawaii a couple of years later and don’t know what the Kaimuki was like in the years before it closed.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

thanks Jim for the update.

Shigeaki on August 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

When I was a high school student in the mid fifties, the Queen used to be a art house and I remember seeing a lot of them at that theatre. In the late fifties, the theatre was made into a first run venue by Royal Theatres. A 70mm-Six stereo system was installed for the showing of Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY and I saw it and it was fantastic. The theatre was also Royal’s only road show venue and THE LION IN WINTER and PAINT YOUR WAGON played there as reserved seat engagements.

ainahaina on December 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

I remember “Sleeping Beauty” there too. The line of kids went several blocks up Center Street. They must’ve been letting them in for a nickel apiece because Disney didn’t make too much money from that movie the first time around. Something like “Frozen” was way beyond anybody’s imagination.

thisisjohnbook on March 19, 2015 at 6:16 am

Plan to restore historic Queen Theater set in motion. Nothing is happening yet but it’s the biggest news the Queen has had in 30 years.


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 19, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Friends of the Queen Theatre provides this web page with a brief history of the house. It says that the Queen was built by Franklin Theatrical Enterprises, operators of the King Theatre in downtown Honolulu, and was opened on June 29, 1936. It was designed by local architect Lyman Bigelow.

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