Kam Drive-In

98-850 Moanalua Road,
Aiea, HI 96701

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Located in Aiea, north of Honolulu. Opened on February 1, 1962 with Doris Day in “Lover Come Back” & “The Right Approach”. The single-screen Kam Drive-In was once one of the most popular outdoor theaters in Hawaii. The drive-in was twinned sometime in the 1970’s. It was operated by Consolidated Theatres.

With attendance in sharp decline, the chain cut the drive-in’s operation down from daily to weekends and holidays, starting in 1997. However, this didn’t help, and in late-1998, Consolidated shut the Kam Drive-In down. In 2001, its two massive screens were demolished.

A flea market which had operated at the drive-in for over three decades continues to be held there, after it closed, and after its screens have been torn down. Today the Pearlridge Shopping Centre stands on the site.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

stevemcgarrett on March 16, 2004 at 10:08 am

Awesome Bryan!
I wanna add that The Kam Drive In opened up as a single but twined in the 70’s datewise I forget.
Unfortunately I have ONLY been there a couple of times for Jaws 2, Gray Lady Down, The Deep & The Exorcist. The absolute last movie for me was More American Graffiti.
As a kid I did partake at the playground facility they had. Goin to the snack bar before and during the movie was fun. Putting on that seemingly huge speaker box and trying to set it up against the AM radio to get the sound was sometimes a headache as I recall. I was playing around w/ the knobs and the lights went on & off and I freaked thinking it was me that was doing that….
As for the Kam Super Swap Meet I went there a lot too also. The admission was $.35! I’d go w/ my mom and we go up & down in the hot sun until we got tired. Crowds flocked to the swap ,eet like crazy……ahhhhhh the memories

teecee on June 28, 2005 at 12:43 pm

see press release at the bottom of this link:

SalvageSailor on October 31, 2005 at 8:38 am

The Kam swap meet is still a great deal, only 50 cents admission. The Drive In concession booths/restrooms are still there and in use.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 8, 2009 at 1:41 am

I could swear i saw an HAWAII 5-0 episode where a car drives by a DRIVE-IN theatre. I wonder if this is the one?

stevemcgarrett on April 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Lets see when the Drive Ins were still the place to go…..

Kam Drive In owned by Consolidated also operated Kailua Drive In

Royal Sunset which was in Waipahu/Kunia Area & Waialae was Royal Theaters

thisisjohnbook on January 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Lots of memories here, not only from all the times my family would go to the swap meet, but a good share of movies was seen, including “Clash Of The Titans” in 1981 on the Kam 2 screen.

thisisjohnbook on March 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm

March 5, 2017 will be the last day the Kam Swap Meet will be held. After today, the entire drive in will be eliminated and turned into apartments.

rivest266 on March 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

This opened on February 1st, 1962 by Royal Theatres. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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