Kapiolani Drive-In

801 Kaheka Street,
Honolulu, HI 96814

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Aerial photo 1951, courtesy of USGS Earth Explorer

The Drive-In was opened August 14, 1949 with George Sanders in “The Moon and Sixpence” and Fredrick March in “So Ends Our Night”. It was the first drive-in theater in Hawaii. It was located on 50 acres between Kapiolani Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue in what is today the Kapiolani business district. It closed as the Kapiolani Drive-In on April 29, 1962. It was demolished later in 1962.

A Holiday Mart department store would be built in its place before the Daiei company bought it sometime in the mid-1980’s, before being bought by the Don Quijote company in 2006.

Contributed by John Book

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rivest266 on March 11, 2017 at 11:36 pm

August 14th, 1949 grand opening ad in the photo section.

davidcoppock on August 25, 2018 at 11:48 am

Why the name Kapiolani?

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