Movie houses made memories for many

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Architecture historians Ken Hays with the Army and Jeff Dodge with the Navy helped compile this list of military theaters: Schofield Barracks: In addition to the classic movie palace Sergeant Smith Theater, ...

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Lowell Angell

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Jun 29, 2008
 
Marine Base Hawaii still has the remnants of an outdoor theatre, possibly dating back to its Naval Air Station days. It's adjacent to an outdoor swimming pool and the former projection booth is now used by pool staff; the original projection ports on the outside wall face a sloping area used for seating.

Theatres also existed at Fort Kamehameha, Fort Armstrong (which had beautiful architectural detailing), Tripler Medical Center and Lualualei Naval Ammunition Depot. The military housing areas also had theatres, including CHA (Civilian Housing Area) 2 & 3, NHA (Naval Housing Area), adjacent to Hickam and Pearl Harbor, and at Red Hill.

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Jun 29, 2008
 
Does the theater in Kapahulu, Ft. DeRussey?, have a military history?

Where's Ft. Kamehameha located?

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Jun 29, 2008
 
ETA136 wrote:
Does the theater in Kapahulu, Ft. DeRussey?, have a military history?
Where's Ft. Kamehameha located?
Ruger Theater... that's the one I mean.

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Jun 30, 2008
 
The Tripler and Lualualei theaters were mentioned elsewhere in the stories, and a general mention of the civilian-worker theaters. The Ruger Theater is covered in the story; it's now Diamond Head Theater. Didn't know about Fort Armstrong Theater, though any sign of it still remaining?
alice

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Jun 30, 2008
 

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What about the old theater up at Camp Klauea at Volcano.
Jay Bonham RHS-1966

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Jul 20, 2008
 
As an Army Brat living at Fort Shafter and attending HS at Radford, I spent many weekends at the post Theater. I loved it. I wouldn't trade those memories for anything.
I have viewed all of the photo's displaying the various different Military Theaters, but did not see any photo's of the one at Fort Shafter. Has it been torn down?
dudealohajoe

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Jul 20, 2008
 
Jay Bonham RHS-1966 wrote:
As an Army Brat living at Fort Shafter and attending HS at Radford, I spent many weekends at the post Theater. I loved it. I wouldn't trade those memories for anything.
I have viewed all of the photo's displaying the various different Military Theaters, but did not see any photo's of the one at Fort Shafter. Has it been torn down?
If u r referring to Richardson theatre, it's still there, and is used for Broadway show.
Kurt Rebello

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Jul 20, 2008
 
For a high school age kid living in Pearl Harbor base housing during the late 60's, the base theaters were THE place to go to meet up with friends or go on a cheap date. You could not beat the $.25 ticket price (a whopping $.50 for "special" shows like 'Funny Girl','The Graduate' & 'Butch Cassidy') and a different movie every night. Enjoying the pleasant Hawaii evening weather while at the Makalapa and Hickam outdoor theaters was my favorite even though the seats were hard, plane engines sometimes drowned out dialogue, and often the bug zapper provided a better show than the movie itself. To this day I still feel the need to stand for the National Anthem before the start of the main attraction.
Rachel Chesser

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Jul 20, 2008
 
First job EVER -- popcorn girl at Hickam 1! Popcorn was maybe,.10, sold from a table out front. Cute, short little white uniforms ... oh! Those were the days.
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Jul 20, 2008
 
Rachel Chesser wrote:
First job EVER -- popcorn girl at Hickam 1! Popcorn was maybe,.10, sold from a table out front. Cute, short little white uniforms ... oh! Those were the days.
Wow! What's yer number baby?
Dean Covey

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Jul 20, 2008
 
Kurt Rebello wrote:
Enjoying the pleasant Hawaii evening weather while at the Makalapa and Hickam outdoor theaters was my favorite
Fondly remember the outdoor theater at Hickam up near the O'club. Just a short safe walk from home.
owt

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Jul 20, 2008
 
ETA136 wrote:
Does the theater in Kapahulu, Ft. DeRussey?, have a military history?
Where's Ft. Kamehameha located?
What remains of Fort Kamehameha is a little known abandoned large gun bunker emplacement on the beach at the very end of the Main Street through Hickam, a little past the boat harbor. It was an Army Base and possibly has a history of being there before Hickam AFB came to be. It's grown over with Keawe Trees, and looks like beach access.
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Jul 20, 2008
 
Burl Burlingame wrote:
The Tripler and Lualualei theaters were mentioned elsewhere in the stories, and a general mention of the civilian-worker theaters. The Ruger Theater is covered in the story; it's now Diamond Head Theater. Didn't know about Fort Armstrong Theater, though any sign of it still remaining?
Would it possibly have been what is formerly known as Immigrations? or today's Office of Homeland Security? The front entryway has that theatre or Hotel lobby flair to it. Base theatres all have that grandeur look and feel to it.
What I liked about those small post theatres, in those days is being able to walk in way after the movie started and their cash box was closed.
Elaine McDowell

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Jul 21, 2008
 
Wow--what memories those base outdoor theaters hold for this Radford grad. Most poignant memory was at the Hickham outdoor theater, when fellow grad, Marvin said he realy liked the perfume I was wearing--6/12 insect repellent will win them over every time! Thanks for the Memories!
alice

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siorry, as a girl we could not afford to go to movies.
Rachel Chesser

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Jul 22, 2008
 
I spent many, many an afternoon at the Subase Theater. It was not uncommon for my parents to drop the 4 of us off for a movie and then meet us at Lockwood Hall for a swim later. Finally figured out at some future date -- this was their "alone time." Of course, this did not happen until I, as the oldest, was mature enough (?) to ride herd on the younger sibs (very cheap babysitter). Those were the days!
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Aug 1, 2008
 
dudealohajoe wrote:
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If u r referring to Richardson theatre, it's still there, and is used for Broadway show.
You bone head ...look close thers's a pic of it.
You must also remember the Hickam jail house.
billy
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Aug 3, 2008
 

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Too bad Varsity Theater wasn't saved/renovated with some of the art deco style evidenced by some of these movie houses.

Funny though that the word filter here nixes "Butch Cassidy" and "Butch Helemano." heh
Charlie Glaize

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Sep 14, 2008
 
NO!!!! The Wheeler theater was torn down? My brother and I have wonderful memories of that place! 15 cents to get in except on Saturday mornings from 9 AM - Noon when the base offered a FREE kiddie show - 3 stooges and tons of cartoons! Then, we'd walk to the base pool and swim for 3 more hours. We loved the Wheeler theater!!!!!

-- Charlie Glaize (military Brat, lived at Wheeler from 1957-1961
Kathy Geehan

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Jan 18, 2009
 
I enjoyed many movies at the Makalapa and the sub base as a military brat living in Foster Village and going to Radford. I'm planning a trip to Honolulu next month and was sorry to hear that Makalapa theater is no longer there.

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