Rex Theatre

1152 Maunakea Street,
Honolulu, HI 96817

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Asahi Theater, Roosevelt Theatre, Oahu Theater

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Built in downtown Honolulu as the Asahi Gekijo (Asahi Theater), where sumo and other athletic events were held, along with plays. It opened as the Roosevelt Theatre on September 28, 1934 and was operated by Franklin Theatres. It was taken over by Royal Theatres in 1938.

In 1959 it became one of Chinatown’s adult film venues and was renamed Rex Theatre on June 20, 1970, eventually shutting down as a theatre for good. The Hong Fa Market is now in its place.

Contributed by John Book

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thisisjohnbook on February 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Apparently this was the Oahu Theater as well (one of two different theaters called the Oahu), and ended up becoming the Rex.

rivest266 on March 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm

This opened on September 28th, 1934 by Franklin Theatres as Roosevelt. It was taken over by Royal theatres in 1938 and started to show adult movies in 1959 and renamed Rex on June 12th, 1970. 1934 and 1970 grand opening ads in the photo section.

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