1646 Kapiolani Boulevard,
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First opened on July 1, 1964 as the Toho Theatre. Showed exclusively Japanese movies made by the Toho Studio who built and operated the theatre. Opening night they showed “Samurai Pirate” and a host of Japanese film stars attended the opening.
On April 14, 1976, Consolidated Theatres took over, and renamed it Kapiolani Theatre, showing first run Hollywood studio movies. The first movie shown under the new management was “WC Fields and Me”. “Star Wars” premiered here and at the Cinerama on the same day in 1977 to accommodate the huge demand. I was still a kid when all this was going on.
I remember the snack bar and bathrooms being under the red carpeted stairs leading to the theatre, and these giant silver disks decorating the walls. Some of the first run movies I remember seeing: “The Omen”, “Damien Omen 2”, Sharky’s Machine, Poltergeist, Tootsie, Octopussy, The Big Chill, Christine, “Purple Rain”, “Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Into the Night”, “Fletch”, “Back To the Future”, “Spies Like Us”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.
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