AKA: Kuhio Theaters I and II, Honolulu, HI

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Raney, Vincent G., Architect (firm); Vincent Gerard Raney (architect); Raymond Watanabee (architect)

Dates: constructed 1945-1946, demolished 1996

2095 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

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Architect Vincent G. Raney (1905-2001) traveled to Honolulu, HI, from his home in San Francisco, CA, several times between 1941-1955; he became a registered architect in HI prior to 1962, indicating he had done considerable work in the state, in addition to the Kuhio. He designed the Kuhio for the Consolidated Amusement Company.

This late Streamline Moderne theatre had an original capacity of 880. Draftsman Ray Watanabee produced a presentation drawing for the Kuhio that was included in the 05/26/1941 issue of Box Office Magazine. The caption noted: "This preliminary design was accepted after several other first sketches were discarded. It stresses spaciousness in a relatively small area and the finished project will seat approximately 1,000 patrons and will be completely air conditioned." (See "Just off the Boards," Box Office Magazine, 05/26.1941,Accessed 04/19/2012.)

The auditorium of the Kuhio was divided into two by Pacific Theatres in the 1980s. Equipment capable of showing 70 mm films was taken out during this remodeling.

Demolished. The theatre was torn down to build a shopping center in 1996.

PCAD id: 17776