Waikiki 3

2284 Kalakaua Avenue,
Honolulu, HI 96815

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Previously operated by: Consolidated Theatres

Architects: Charles William Dickey

Firms: C.W. Dickey & Associates

Styles: Atmospheric, Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Waikiki Theater

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Waikiki 3

The Waikiki Theater opened August 20, 1936 with Ronald Colman in “Under Two Flags”. It was a single screen Atmospheric style theater. It was complete with (among other things) an artificial rainbow, tropical vegetation and coconut trees. Artificial clouds were also projected on a midnight-blue curved ceiling. In 1939, the Waikiki Theater was equipped with a Robert Morton theatre organ, which had originally been installed (with a twin console) in the Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu in 1929.

The change in name (to Waikiki Theater 3) occurring in 1969 when the twin Waikiki Theatrer’s 1 and 2 opened adjacent to the original theater. There has never been any physical connection between the buildings. The Waikiki 3 remained a single screen facility.

This theater closed in November 2002, and its grand organ was removed. Sadly, the Waikiki 3 was demolished in April of 2005.

Contributed by Richard Peterson, March Warner

Recent comments (view all 69 comments)

steve_verno on June 7, 2013 at 5:35 am

I went through Hawaii on my way to Guam, in 2005, had to stay overnight,so I walked Kalakaua Ave looking at places we went to in the 1980s when we were stationed in Hawaii. This place was boarded up. Kalakaua Ave is much darker these days. At least I have my memories of these grand theaters.

sartana on October 13, 2013 at 2:32 am

Featured in this great Article by John Allen of High Performance Stereo.

A 7o MM Review

sartana on October 13, 2013 at 2:38 am

A beautiful picture of the auditorium from 1983 upon completion of the HPS-4000 sound system. From HPS website.

Waikiki 3

OKCdoorman on July 31, 2016 at 10:01 am

Appears quickly in separate footage in the Season 12/1979 Hawaii Five-O episode “A Lion in the Streets,” during the opening credits, and appears to be showing Mark Robson’s 1968 film of Jacqueline Susann’s VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. There is no double-marquee, so this could not be the Waikiki 1 & 2; perhaps some previous stock footage not used until then (5-0 aficionados can confirm if the shot is re-used in another show.).

kalaniv on September 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Should never have torn it down. If anything they should have remodeled it!

rivest266 on March 11, 2017 at 1:14 pm

Grand opening ad with 8 pages at http://www.calameo.com/read/000247928e1a632a68fe1

Found on Newspapers.com powered by Newspapers.com

Also grand opening ad in the photo section.

Coate on July 27, 2017 at 11:40 am

New Showcase Presentations in Honolulu article includes mention of the numerous 70mm presentations here and at other Honolulu cinemas.

davidcoppock on November 8, 2018 at 7:07 am

Opened with Edwin Sawtelle presenting hawaiian melodies, a Mickey Mouse cartoon(Mickey’s Grand Opera), Paramount news, and “Under two flags”.

davidcoppock on December 16, 2018 at 12:18 am

Site is now a shoe store(Foot Locker).

Cinematron on June 28, 2022 at 9:42 pm

The front of this theater appeared in “Magnum P.I.” in 1983. About 14 minutes into the Season 4 episode “Distant Relative,” Magnum drives the Ferrari 308 past it and the neighboring Waikiki Beachcomber hotel. The sign “Waikiki” was preserved or at least mimicked in a smaller version that sits atop the little shopping center box that replaced the theater.

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