68 N. Market Street,
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Iao Theatre (Official)
Architects: Edward Walsh
Styles: Mission Revival
Opened in 1928, and built in Spanish Mission style, this theater was once the main entertainment venue of the city of Wailuku, on Maui. Besides screening movies, it featured live stage acts, and such stars as Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra made appearances at the ‘Iao. In 1953, the theater hosted the Hawaiian premiere of “From Here to Eternity”.
By the early 1980’s, however, the theater was in decline, and after it closed, was seriously threatened with demolition. However, it was saved, and in 1995-96, underwent a million dollar-plus renovation.
It is now home to the Maui Onstage live theater group, which has ever since been struggling to continue the ‘Iao’s restoration and to just keep it remaining in operation.
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