Waikiki 3

2284 Kalakaua Avenue,
Honolulu, HI 96815

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Waikiki Theatre

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The Waikiki Theatre opened in 1936 as a single screen Atmospheric style theatre. It was complete with (among other things) an artificial rainbow, tropical vegetation and coconut trees. Artificial clouds were also projected on a midnight-blue curved ceiling. In 1939, the Waikiki Theatre was equipped with a Robert Morton theatre organ, which had originally been installed (with a twin console) in the Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu in 1929.

The change in name (to Waikiki Theatre 3) occurring in 1969 when the twin Waikiki Theatres 1 and 2 opened. There has never been any physical connection between the buildings. The Waikiki 3 remained a single screen facility.

This theater closed in November 2002, and its grand organ was removed. Sadly, the Waikiki 3 was demolished in April of 2005.

Contributed by Richard Peterson, March Warner

Recent comments (view all 64 comments)

CSWalczak on May 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Was there another Waikiki theater? According to this article the space occupied by a Waikiki 1 & 2 theater on Seaside Avenue is going to be converted to a Ross clothing store: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm

This might have been the downtown theatre shown in the end credits on HAWAII 5-0 on season one dvd. Any local help out there in the Pacific.

TLSLOEWS on May 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Nice looking theatre Chuck.

Rory on June 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

This is the theatre the marquee of which you can very briefly see at the end of HAWAII 5-0’s first season’s end credits, filmed in 1968. It comes into view just as the credit reads “Filmed Entirely on Location in Hawaii.” I’ve freeze-framed it on DVD and can make out that the movie playing was PLANET OF THE APES.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 6, 1968. Rory is right about what was playing at the Waikiki Theatre.

thisisjohnbook on January 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I saw a number of movies here, but the one I remember was stephen King’s “Creepshow”. Saw it in the 7th grade with some classmates, who were on a date but wanted to bring me as a chaperone of sorts. To this day, I don’t know why. Even though it was Rated R, I think the father of one of them got us in.

The one thing I remember the most about this visit was not just the cockroach scene in “Creepshow”, but the fact that a Chilly Willy cartoon was shown before it. Looking back, it seems odd for that to be shown before a horror film.

steve_verno on June 7, 2013 at 5:33 am

We loved the Palm trees inside and the organ music. I think this was in the movie Pearl Harbor

steve_verno on June 7, 2013 at 5:35 am

I went through Hawaii on my way to Guam, in 2005, had to stay overnight,so I walked Kalakaua Ave looking at places we went to in the 1980s when we were stationed in Hawaii. This place was boarded up. Kalakaua Ave is much darker these days. At least I have my memories of these grand theaters.

sartana on October 13, 2013 at 2:32 am

Featured in this great Article by John Allen of High Performance Stereo.

A 7o MM Review

sartana on October 13, 2013 at 2:38 am

A beautiful picture of the auditorium from 1983 upon completion of the HPS-4000 sound system. From HPS website.

Waikiki 3

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