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The Hawaii Theatre is a historic Vaudeville theatre and cinema in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. It is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. When Consolidated Amusement Company opened it in 1922, local newspapers called it "The Pride of the Pacific" and considered it the equal in opulence to any theatre in San Francisco or beyond. Honolulu architects Walter Emory and Marshall Webb employed elements of Neoclassical architecture for the exterior—with Byzantine, Corinthian, and Moorish ornamentation—and a rich panoply of Beaux-Arts architecture inside—Corinthian columns, a gilded dome, marble statuary, plush carpets, silk hangings, and a Lionel Walden mural on the proscenium. They also installed an innovative cooling system that allowed air from an ice storage room under the stage to flow through vents beneath the seats. The large neon marquee was the largest ever built in Honolulu. The Hawaii presented both Vaudeville entertainment and movies through the 1920s. Following the introduction of sound films, it operated as a deluxe movie theatre through the 1960s, gradually declining in the 1970s and falling into disrepair in the 1980s, until it finally closed in 1984. Concerned citizens united to save and restore it and formed the non-profit Hawaii Theatre Center, which purchased the theatre and several adjacent buildings in 1986. They raised funds for an extensive, $20.8 million renovation of the interior in 1994 directed by the Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer firm of New York City, which included a hydraulic lift to raise and lower the original theatre organ console that used to accompany silent films. The theatre reopened in 1996, while exterior renovations continued through 2005. The Hawaii Theatre once again became a popular venue for stage shows and concerts. In 2005 the League of Historic America Theatres named it the "Outstanding Historic Theatre in America"; in 2006 the National Trust for Historic Preservation gave Hawaii Theatre its highest "Honor Award" for national preservation; and in 2006 the Hawaii Better Business Bureau presented its "Torch Award for Business Ethics" to the Hawaii Theatre Center, the first small nonprofit to receive that award. It is located at 1130 Bethel Street, between Hotel and Pauahi Streets, in downtown Honolulu at the edge of Chinatown.


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On your visit to Honolulu, consider visiting Hawaii Theatre. Don't expect lot of visitors to Hawaii Theatre since it is not a popular tourist spot in Honolulu.

Hawaii Theatre is not one of the most important things to do in Honolulu like U S S Arizona Memorial, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor.

Hawaii Theatre is generally not available on the guided Honolulu tours, but there are plenty others that are worth visiting.

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  • great venue with a nice view from every seat in the house. very nice staff and always clean. The acoustics are very good here no matter the venue.

  • Love coming here for performances! The view is awesome from any angle.

  • Amazing theater with classic Vaudevillian Style. Sweeping outside marquee, beautiful murals frame a large open stage, arched Loge and tiered balcony overlook a delta-esq floor seating arrangement. Embroidered velvet seats, comfortable and beautiful. Great sound, not a bad seat in this classic, quaint (RECENTLY RENOVATED) theater. You cannot bring beverages into the theater- though nice drinking room is minutes away from your seat, and the main theater room.

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  • The Hawaii Theatre is a historically rich, architecturally magnificent place to see! The only down side to this place is that the seats are not made for Hawaiian hula hips and felt as snug as the airline bulkhead row.

  • This is a Beautiful venue for Music and Entertainment. Located in the Chinatown/Entertainment district of Honolulu. We have attended a few shows here and thoroughly enjoy the venue. It would be better if you could buy seats on the main level as you will be able to have one of the better views.

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