Golden Harvest Theatre
1152 Smith Street,
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Functions: Television Studio
Previous Names: Palace Theatre, Asian Cinema Center
The last of the Hawaiian ethnic movie theatres was sold to make way for a Christian Broadcasting center. The Golden Harvest was a twin theatre located on Smith Street near Beretania Street. The theatre opened in 1981 and closed in 1995 after the operator, Golden Reserves Hawaii LTD’s lease expired. The theatre largely ran Chinese language movies and martial arts films. While the Golden Harvest did well initially, it struggled in the last two years.
The theatre’s closing marked an end of an era for ethnic movies in Hawaii, an era that included the Japanese language Toya Theatre and Nippon Theatre, the Filipino language Zamboango Theatre, and the Chinese language Liberty Theatre. All of those theatres no longer exist.
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