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Rearview: Readers continue to share their memories of Hawaii’s many open-air theaters

  • COURTESY GREG MATSUMOTO
                                Torao Matsumoto ran open-air theaters at the pineapple plantation camps in the 1930s to late 1940s outside of Wahiawa and Waialua. The price to attend the movies ranged from 15 to 25 cents. Pineapple crates were used for seating.

    COURTESY GREG MATSUMOTO

    Torao Matsumoto ran open-air theaters at the pineapple plantation camps in the 1930s to late 1940s outside of Wahiawa and Waialua. The price to attend the movies ranged from 15 to 25 cents. Pineapple crates were used for seating.

Last month I wrote about open-air theaters in the islands. Hawaii had over 30 of these establishments, where patrons would sit on chairs, benches, boxes or on the grass, under the stars, as motion pictures would be projected onto a screen. Read more

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