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About the Hawaii Theatre

Hawaii Theatre at a Glance

Built in 1922, the Hawaii Theatre is the second largest proscenium performance facility in the state and the only remaining theatre of its type in Hawaii. Listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, it is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its superb technical capacity and beautiful ambiance. The Hawaii Theatre Center was incorporated in 1984 as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.

Auditorium Seating Capacity: 1,350


  • Opened: September 6, 1922
  • Built by: Consolidated Amusement Company, formed in 1913 by entrepreneur Joel C. Cohen and real estate businessman John H. Magoon
  • Architects: Walter Emory & Marshall Webb, Emory & Webb Architects, Honolulu


  • Commenced: March 1992
  • Restoration Architect: Malcolm Holzman, FAIA, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, New York
  • Interior restoration completed: 1996
  • Exterior restoration completed: 2004
  • Total restoration cost: $32 million (public and private support), including cost of purchasing the property under the Theatre and three adjoining properties, for future stage expansion

National Awards

Outstanding Historic Theatre
League of Historic American Theatres

National Preservation Honor Award
National Trust for Historic Preservation

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