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

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2005 at 1:55 pm

Is that their address? I didn’t post that because I thought it was their phone number! :)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2005 at 3:47 pm

Charles….There is a theater listed on here in upstate NY that I can’t remember the name of right now. Anyway, it had no address. I found a current photo of it and it was being used as a laundromat. There was a number on the front of the building and I assumed that it was the address of the building. I believe that Bryan pointed out to me that it was the phone number for the laundromat. Can you spell “embarrassed”? ;)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 27, 2005 at 9:50 am

This building does have a little too much color but on the other hand, if your trying to draw attention to the theater then its perfect.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 8, 2006 at 4:08 am

This is a recent photo of the Na'alehu Theater and here is another.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 6, 2007 at 12:22 pm

Here is another recent photo of the Na'alehu Theater.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on August 31, 2007 at 3:38 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 on June 20, 2009 at 12:46 pm

There is a photo on this real estate site:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm

This is a 2009 photo. It doesn’t look like the building is being used for anything.

pizzaparlour on November 22, 2010 at 1:08 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 on September 20, 2013 at 2:09 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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