Kuhio 1 & 2 Theater

2095 Kuhio Avenue,
Honolulu, HI 96815

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Kuhio 1 & 2 Theater

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The late Streamline style Kuhio Theater opened in 1946, in Waikiki, Honolulu. It could originally seat over 880.

During the 1960’s, the Kuhio Theater featured road shows, and in October of 1966, the Hawaiian premiere of the movie “Hawaii”, based on the James Michener novel of the same name, was held at the theater.

The Kuhio’s 70mm screening capabilites were removed when the theater was twinned in the 1980’s after it was acquired by Pacific Theatres.

After it closed in the 1990’s, the twin was demolished in 1996 to make way for a new shopping center.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

kencmcintyre on August 30, 2008 at 8:42 am

Thanks for clearing that up.

Vito on August 30, 2008 at 9:51 am

My pleasure.
I loved the Royal with its garden entrance and large orchestra seating area. The presidium hosted two curtains, a Royal Blue traveler curtain and a Gold Contour curtain.
I had the unpleasant responsibility of dismantling the theatre when it was closed, a very sad experience,
I remember thinking I hope never to have to do that again to another theatre. I had driven Royal theatres CEO Herman Rosen to the theatre the last night it was open for one last look. He hated closing it, but he had sold the company and we began downsizing, starting with closing the home office and then the Royal and Sunset Drive in. Consolidated took over the Marina and ran it for a while before selling to a steak house operation.

The Kuhio had a rather plan auditorium with no draperies or screen curtains.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

look at all the one sheet frames! You sure it was a TWIN.Lol.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Are the Varsity 1 and 2 on Cinema Treasures they were in Honolulu and I can’t find them on the SEARCH.

Coate on March 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

MikeRogers: It is listed as Varsity Twin Cinema.

CodyZamboni on January 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I’ll be posting a picture from February 1994. Some great first run movies from the 1980’s at the Kuhio 1 and 2 that I saw : The Four Seasons, The Outsiders, Mr Mom, Streets of Fire, Revenge of the Nerds, All of Me, Mischief, Vision Quest, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Secret of My Success, Evil Dead 2 : Dead by Dawn.

steve_verno on June 7, 2013 at 5:21 am

I went & saw Star Trek 2, Wrath of Kahn when it opened in 1982. that night, my son was born.

ainahaina on December 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

They went all out for the 1956 showing of “Away All Boats”, a WWII movie starring Jeff Chandler. There was a target drone aircraft in the lobby and an amphibious armed personnel carrier parked in front.

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