Golden Harvest Theatre

1152 Smith Street,
Honolulu, HI 96817

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The last of the Hawaiian ethnic movie theatres was sold to make way for a Christian Broadcasting center. The Golden Harvest was a twin theatre located on Smith Street near Beretania Street. The theatre opened in 1981 and closed in 1995 after the operator, Golden Reserves Hawaii LTD’s lease expired. The theatre largely ran Chinese language movies and martial arts films. While the Golden Harvest did well initially, it struggled in the last two years.

The theatre’s closing marked an end of an era for ethnic movies in Hawaii, an era that included the Japanese language Toya and Nippon Theatres, the Filipino language Zamboango Theatre, and the Chinese language Liberty Theatre. All of those theatres no longer exist.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2004 at 5:21 pm

The address for this theater was:
1152 Smith St
Honolulu, HI 96817

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 14, 2005 at 4:36 pm

Here is a small photo and the article about this theater being sold.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2009 at 1:37 pm

This is a May 2009 photo.

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