Its stage was once a showplace for vaudeville, plays, musicals and silent films, but the Hawaii Theatre Center (HTC) or Pride of the Pacific came close to demolition in the 1980s. As part of an effort to revitalize downtown Honolulu and stimulate nightlife, the HTC now hosts more than 100,000 guests annually for an array of performances including comedy, big band musicians, Hawaiian music, documentary films and even TedxHonolulu.
Built in 1922 as a venue for live theatrical entertainment, the Hawaii Theatre morphed into a movie palace in the 1930s and later fell into disrepair. An extensive, multi-year renovation helped restore the façade, and several architectural details including an Art Deco neon marquee.
Upcoming performances include the Hawaii Pops Concert Series, the Pirates of Penzance, a Cazimero Christmas, singer-songwriter Eric Bibb, various Hawaiian music festivals and the Scandinavian folk tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
Set the stage for an evening at the HTC with dinner in Oahu’s Chinatown district. Stroll the area and see how historic buildings contrast with modern high-rises. Look up to catch a glimpse of the Club Hubba Hubba sign, once a popular destination for GIs during WWII; enter the Ramsay Courtyard, an example of the former Chinatown lifestyle where families lived in small rooms connected by courtyards; or visit Lai Fong Department Store, featuring Chinese silk, rare antiques and turn-of-the-century postcards.
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Address : 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu, Oahu
Phone: (808) 528-0506
Web Address : www.hawaiitheatre.com
Distance/Drive Time from THE MODERN HONOLULU : 14 minutes, 3.3 miles. Head southeast on Ala Moana Boulevard. Make a U-turn at Ena Road and continue to follow HI-92 W for 2.9 miles. Turn right onto Bethel Street.