Built in 1922, The Hawaii Theatre is a rectangular structure; it consists of a reinforced concrete skeleton frame with concrete and hollow tile curtain walls and concrete footings set on a solid coral foundation. The exterior of the structure features an Art Deco marquee and a two-story theatre sign on the northeast corner. The eclectic building is primarily Beaux Arts in design, with an observed symmetry, paired Corinthian columns and pilasters, and Roman-arched window openings. The heavily emphasized Art Deco elements which consist of generously applied ornament, were added at a later date. The Hawaii Theatre is significant because of its excellent architectural and interior design, craftsmanship, and detailing. The theatre is a rare example of eclectic architecture that was relatively common to this area of Honolulu prior to World War II, very little of which is extant.
This list of Hawaii’s historic properties is provided as a public service by Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official list of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For official designations and determinations of eligibility, contact the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.