The Hawaii Theatre was built in 1922 as a venue for theatre, popular entertainment, and film. In the mid-1930s, it functioned primarily as a grand movie palace. The theatre shuttered in 1984, but two years later it was purchased to become part of the newly formed Hawaii Theatre Center along with the adjacent Austin, Pantheon, and McLean buildings.
In 1989, the theatre was closed for interior renovation; it was rededicated and reopened in April 1996. In 2004, a restoration of the façade and exterior was completed, featuring a newly manufactured replica of the original art deco neon marquee and the hallmark vertical neon “Hawaii” sign. The theatre has become a popular venue for national touring shows, home-grown productions, poetry slams, concerts, industrials, film, and television.
The Hawaii Theatre Center Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 70 events annually.
- Ticket Prices: Vary widely ($2-75) depending on event and seating choice, with discounts at select events.
- Membership: Individual membership is $50 ($35 Students/Seniors). Benefits include event discounts, special member events and discounts at the Box Office Gift Shop. Further benefits included with higher levels of giving.