Na'alehu Theatre

95-5659 Mamalahoa Highway,
Na'alehu, HI 96772

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Na'alehu Theatre

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This theater was built in 1940 by the Hutchinson Sugar Plantation in Na'alehu, Hawaii. It orginally had 550 seats and serviced a population of 8,000 residents and 10,000 military troops stationed at South Point on the Big Island. The sugar plantation closed in 1996, and with fewer than 3,000 total population, the theater ceased running first run movies and opened in 2003 as a plantation movie theater museum.

We have projection room paraphanalia, photos, a minature movie theater collection, and a Donald Duck collection on display and give guided tours of the projection room. We accept donations , have a guest sign-in book, and a pamplet about the theater and the surrounding Ka'u area.

Contributed by Joe Demoruelle

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Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on August 31, 2007 at 6:38 pm

News of its recent troubles can be found here in this Saturday, June 30, 2007 article from the Hawaii Tribune-Herald: View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm

There is a photo on this real estate site:
http://activerain.com/patrickjlambert

pizzaparlour
pizzaparlour on November 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

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Looks like the roof fell in and flooded the place. A local main street organization is applying for a lease from the Weinberg Foundation, but they don’t have much money or support. Local contractor estimates repairs at $150,000.

jojoe
jojoe on September 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I was the manager from 1979-2006. We shut the doors when the owners, Weinberg Foun., refused to fix the leaking roof. The theater was denied historical status by the owners. This would have opened up funding from restoration grants. I’m afraid the theater is doomed by “demolition by neglect”.

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