Kailua Drive-In

917 Kalanianaole Highway,
Kailua, HI 96734

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Kailua Drive-In

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Designed by Los Angeles based architect Arthur J. Drielsma and Ernest Hara of Honolulu. The Kailua Drive-In was opened May 12, 1965 with Sean Connery in “Goldfinger” and Jerry Lewis in “The Patsy”. It was equipped to play Todd-AO and Cinerama movies on its 85ft x 140ft wide screen.

Contributed by William Gabel, Lowell Angell

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Local619 on March 9, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Kailua Drive In was located on Kaapa Quarry Road at Kalanianaole Highway in Kailua Hawaii.

The entrance was a long up hill drive way that paralleled Kaapa Quarry Road . The site is now occupied by the Le Jardine Academy (green roofed buildings in aerial) http://www.lejardinacademy.com/ from the aerial photo below it appears that the same drive is used.

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Local619 on June 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Article of Saturday, April 5, 2008 mentioning theatres of Old Kailua Town..

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rivest266 on March 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I posted the USGS aerial photo here.

thisisjohnbook on January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Went to this drive-in many times as a kid in the 1970’s, I think this was one of my dad’s favorites since he was raised in Nu'uanu, so it was just a mere drive over the Pali before getting to Kailua.

rivest266 on March 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Grand opening ads in the photo section and below

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RickT on May 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm

I was stationed at MCAS Kaneohe Bay from late 1983-early 1987, working as an air traffic controller, and have many fond memories of the Kailua Drive-In. Great nostalgia.

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