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In 1981, the Mamo was part of the Royal Theaters chain, headquartered in Honolulu. President was Irving H. Levin. The other Royal theaters at that time were the King Twin in Honolulu, the Waialae Drive-In in Kahala, the New Royal and Royal Marine Twin in Waikiki Beach and the Royal Sunset Drive-In in Waipahu.
My photograph of the MAMO sign.
This is a drawing that shows how the Yura-Kwan theater was remodeled and became the Mamo theater:
Looking at the photo it seems like a miracle that this theater wasn’t destroyed. I am a big believer in fate.
This theater survived a tsunami in 1960. This is a photo of the aftermath of the tsunami:
This caption was with the photo:
“Hilo after the 1960 tsunami waves destroyed buildings along Mamo Street in front of the Mamo Theater and Diama’s Barber Shop”.
The whole place looks like it could have collapsed.
The Mamo Theater was located on Mamo Street. Here is a 1995 photo of the Mamo with part of its roof collapsed: