Haleiwa Theatre

66-457 Kamehameha Highway,
Haleiwa, HI 96712

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Styles: Art Deco

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1983 demolition photo courtesy Honolulu Then and Now Facebook page.

The Haleiwa Theatre was opened in 1931. This was a beautiful but run-down theatre on the North Shore of Oahu where I first saw “Flash Gordon” in 1980. In spite of protests, it was demolished in 1983 to make room for a McDonalds and 7-Eleven.

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thisisjohnbook on January 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

The Haleiwa Theater was built in 1931.
In the late 70’s/early 80’s, they would also feature local rock and punk bands, as my uncle had played there for a “Battle Of The Bands” contest. It would have been the perfect setting with the surfing community out there. The land it was on had been purchased, but there wasn’t enough of a push to preserve the building. While I never went in, I’ve stood outside of it a few times and it had the feel of a school auditorium.

Here is one photo of the Haleiwa that once was. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rin-gen/4652330567/sizes/l/

DavidZornig on March 3, 2020 at 8:26 pm

1983 demolition photo added courtesy Honolulu Then and Now Facebook page.

Mark68AA1 on January 2, 2021 at 4:07 am

What an utter & total shame. Imagine the absolutely incredible movies that were shown there! Imagine watching MOVIETONE news short before during & after WW2 in that theater? WOW!!! Not to mention Korea & Vietnam & the wonderful movies of the 1940’s & 50’s! I could understand if it was for a community health center or school, etc., but for a goddam, soul-less, worthless, moneyhungry mainland heartless corporation which pushes health destroying garbage disguised as food on the Polynesian people is disgusting. I wish they could’ve saved it.

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