Wai'alae Drive-In

Kiionioni Loop,
Kahala, HI 96816

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Wai'alae Drive-In

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The Waialae Drive-In opened in 1956, with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”. Operated by Royal Theatres, it had a capacity for 300 cars.

The Waialae Drive-In closed in January 1986 with the movie “Young Sherlock Holmes”. It has since been replaced by an upscale subdivision. It sat across from the Kahala Mall.

Local legend has it that the ghost of a faceless woman with long hair haunted the ladies' room of the drive-in. The Wai'alae was located close to an old cemetary.

Contributed by Bryan

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stevemcgarrett
stevemcgarrett on March 19, 2004 at 7:13 pm

The Wai'alae Drive-In, was a popular spot on Oahu. The drive-in was owned by The Royal Chain that also had another Drive-In on the island The Royal Sunset of in Waipahu and a few other theaters like the Marina, Royal, King & Queen. By the mid 80’s The Royal Chain bowed out. The Marina was taken over by Consolidated and went on for a few more years before closing.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I uploaded the 1968 aerial photo of the drive-in and the mall.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 30, 2012 at 9:33 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 4348 Waialae Avenue.

thisisjohnbook
thisisjohnbook on February 1, 2013 at 1:36 am

Kiionioni Place and Loop are named after the Hawaiian phrase for “moving picture”, in honor of the Wai'alae Drive-In that was there.

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