5941 Hollywood Boulevard,
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The Hawaii Theatre was opened on 6th May 1940 with Raymond Massey in “Abe Lincoln in Illinois”(aka “Spirit of the People”) and Jean Hersholt in “Courageous Dr. Christian”. It was designed by architect Carl Moeller, with Clarence G. Smale acting as consultant architect. The exterior of the Hawaii Theatre was dressed with a tropical mural over the box marquee. Round glass walls proceded onto the sidewalk flanking either side of the front entrance.
Inside, the auditorium was decorated with tropical jungle murals and had a simple Atmospheric style effect on the ceiling to continue the theatre’s theme. All seating was on a single level.
On August 8, 1945 it was renamed Hawaii Music Hall, playing Burgess Meredith in “Story of G.I. Joe”. The theatre was closed in July 1963 and was gutted to be converted into the Salvation Army Tabernacle in 1965. It remains their Hollywood headquarters. Renovations were carried out to the building in 2015.
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