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Theaters in Hawaii have long, colorful history

  • COURTESY LOWELL ANGELL

    The Toyo Theatre was built near Aala Park and was based on the Toshogu Shrine of Ieyasu Tokugawa in Nikko, Japan. It was ornate inside and out.

  • COURTESY LOWELL ANGELL

    Longtime local organist Johnny DeMello played between films from 1955 to 1978.

  • COURTESY LOWELL ANGELL

    The Waikiki Theatre screen had a rainbow proscenium arching over it, and a ledge on the sides sported artificial papaya and banana trees and other tropical plants. Flanking the screen were full-size coconut palms, with concrete trunks.

Consolidated Theatres historian Lowell Angell shares memories of a few noteworthy movie houses in Honolulu from decades past. Read more

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