Kahala Mall 8

4211 Waialae Avenue,
Honolulu, HI 96816

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rivest266 on March 13, 2017 at 12:49 pm

8 screens on November 24th, 1989

rivest266 on March 13, 2017 at 4:01 am

This opened on December 19th, 1986 with five screens. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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JimMitchell on December 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

My bad, folks. The Waialae Drive-In is indeed listed here. (These guys don’t miss anything!) It’s under “Kahala, HI.”

Try this: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6478

JimMitchell on December 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

I was about to ask if anyone remembers a Waialae Drive-In? It would been roughly across Waialae Avenue from what is now the Kahala Mall. I recall seeing “The World of Suzie Wong” and some of the Hammer horror flix there.

I didn’t find it listed here, but I did locate a Honolulu TV news story about it. Turns out, it was demolished in 1986, and has been replaced with a nice subdivision.

Here’s the story. Stay with it until the end for a Hawaiian grace note about one of the street names.


Chris1982 on August 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

The paneling is gone but the lighting is the same. Auditoriums completely remodeled. Still a buisy theatre.

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Scott Neff on March 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I saw the Santa Clause there when I was 16 and being from California this theatre was Pacific’s late 80’s through and through. Wood panelled back seats, stepped down tivoli lights on the walls, may have even had curtains like the Pacific I grew up going to.

I understand though that the mall flooded and the theatre was forced to remodel a bit, but haven’t been back inside since.

dcubs on March 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I love the fact that they show a lot of art house fare but this has to be my least favourite theatre in Hawaii. The seating is uncomfortable and the sound systems in all but the largest theatre are horrid.

jasoncinema on March 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Commerce, California-based Reading Entertainment, owners of the Angelika chain of theaters that feature independent and foreign films, bought the Consolidated Theatres chain from Pacific Theatres Exhibition Company in 2007.

I for one love the ambience of Kahala 8. What adds to the experience, however, is that since Kahala 8 is now owned by Reading Entertainment, Honolulu has an arthouse theater that plays indie and foreign films in a timely manner, either the day of their national release or very shortly after. I love seeing films at Kahala 8 and have always had a very pleasant experience.

jcsailer on June 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm

The Kahala 8 Theatre was opened in December 1986.

wilsgun on September 7, 2007 at 5:20 am

This theater got renovated because the flood that happened a few years back.