1765 Ala Moana Boulevard,
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Location : Honolulu Hawaii. Ala Moana Boulevard. Street Level, occupying space below the Ilikai Hotel parking lot. Honolulu Yacht Harbor right behind the theatres, hence the name. Good location. Near major Waikiki hotels and restaurants.
The Royal Ilikai Theatre opened in August 21, 1974 with the Honolulu premiere of "Chinatown". It was twinned on March 20, 1975. Until the late-1980’s, Marina Twins was part of the Royal Theatre chain, showing exclusively Paramount and Disney studio releases.
One theatre was red, one was blue. Each theatre held about 190 seats. Decent projection, seats, and sound. Snack bar was okay. I remember stale popcorn, lukewarm hot dogs, limited candy selection. Tiny bathroom. I remember standing in long lines to see : “Murder on the Orient Express”, “King Kong”( 1976 version), “Black Sunday”, “The Black Hole”, “Ordinary People”, “First Blood”, “48 Hours”, “An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Flashdance”, “Terms of Endearment”, “The Terminator”, “Pretty in Pink”. I think "Saturday Night Fever" played continously for six months at this theatre, only to be replaced by the long running "Grease" in June of 1978.
The Marina Twins was bought by Consolidated Theatres in 1984 and started booking other studio films. Last movie I saw at the Marina Twins was "Death Becomes Her" in 1993. Theatres were sold gutted I think in 1995, replaced by Outback Steakhouse.
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