Waikiki 1 & 2

333 Seaside Avenue,
Honolulu, HI 96815

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Waikiki 1 & 2

Opened September 23, 1970 with the co-World Premiere of “Tora, Tora, Tora”, the Waikiki 1 & 2 were made to compliment the main Waikiki Theater on Kalakaua Avenue, which was the original. Because of the 1 & 2, the main Waikiki Theatre became “Waikiki 3”.

Due to the opening of the Ward Theatre, foot traffic to all three Waikiki theatres started to slow down, which lead to their closures. According to an article in the Honolulu Advertiser, the last movie shown as the Waikiki 1 & 2 was “Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets” on November 20, 2002.

It was converted into a Ross clothing store.

I remember seeing “Corvette Summer” at Waikiki 2 in the summer of 1978.

Contributed by John Book

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

magicman1433 on April 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Thanks CodyZamboni for the great photos & film list. I loved the way this theatre was built, although Waikiki 3 was my favorite theatre. I saw a lot of those movies you mentioned at the twins myself, although I didn’t know that “Halloween” played there…I think I saw that movie at the Nanakuli Cinema…

steve_verno on June 7, 2013 at 8:26 am

When I visited my wife who was stationed at Tripler, we went and saw Final Countdown here. When I was stationed at Schofield, Saturday nights was dinner at Tanaka’s of Tokyo then off to see a movie here. Good times.

steve_verno on June 7, 2013 at 8:27 am

I made a huge mistake one night. I asked for one ticket only which made my wife very angry. ONE PLEASE!

sartana on October 13, 2013 at 6:14 am

A nice picture of Waikiki 2 auditorium from 1999 when the HPS-4000 sound systems went through a major upgrade. From HPS website

Waikiki 2

Vito on October 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

Nice picture sartana. you will notice the open projection booth window. Before they started showing advertising slides during intermission we had a curtain that would close in front of that window so you could not see into the booth. Then at the start of the show when the lights went down and the show began the curtain would open as a part of the opening automation procedure.

sartana on October 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Thanks for that info Vito. I do not blame the company for closing these wonderful theatres. After all they are here to make money and have to survive.

I do however blame the moronic people for abandoning these theatres in the favor of shoe box multiplexes which as you said in the Cinerama page, are nothing more than screening rooms.

And that is exactly what todays generation deserves, to see films in little boxes rather than real theatres.

rivest266 on March 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

September 23rd, 1970 and May 19th, 1999 grand opening ads in the photo section.

Coate on July 27, 2017 at 2:34 pm

New Showcase Presentations in Honolulu article includes mention of the numerous 70mm presentations here and at other Honolulu cinemas.

davidcoppock on November 8, 2018 at 10:21 am

Opened with the World premiere of “Tora! Tora! Tora!”. Reopened with “Star wars episode 1 the phantom menace”.

MSC77 on November 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm

The May 19, 1969, grand opening date cited in the overview as I write this comment is incorrect. The correct opening date (for Screen 1) per trade reports and Honolulu newspaper coverage was September 23rd, 1970. (Screen 2 opened a bit later.).

Also, a slight correction/clarification is needed for the world premiere of “Tora! Tora! Tora!” claim since technically it was a co-world premiere as the film premiered simultaneously* in four cities (Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu).

*The premieres weren’t literally simultaneous because of, obviously, time zone differences between the four premiere locales.

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