5Qs: Consolidated Theaters

It’s the 100th anniversary of Consolidated Theaters. I saw a trailer with some local celebrities talking about their fondest memories of going to those theaters. That’s the inspiration for this thread:

1. What was the first movie you saw in a Consolidated Theater and which theater was it?
2. What was your favorite memory?
3. What was the funniest experience?
4. What is a favorite snack that they no longer sell?
5. What was your favorite theater?

14 Responses to “5Qs: Consolidated Theaters”


  1. Mitchell

    I really liked those interviews. I’ll get to these questions in a bit.

  2. Reid

    Yeah, I liked the interviews, too. I actually wished they were longer.

  3. Reid

    1. I’m not sure if this was the first film, but it’s the first film I can remember: The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, and it was at the Sunset Theater.

    2. Probably going to see Raiders of the Lost Ark. My brother and I saw that alone, and we came into the theater late. We got in right at the part Indy jumps out of the tomb, covered in spider webs. I almost remember getting up to leave at the part where Indy and Marion are on the boat. I thought the movie was finished! I was so excited to go out and tell others about it. Had a walked out at that point (We eventually realized it wasn’t over.), the movie still might have been the greatest movie I saw up to that time.

    3. First to pop into my head: the “jack-in-box” man at the Marina Theaters. Mitchell, you were with Don and I at that movie, right? (Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield, if I recall correctly.)

    4. Sugar babies.

    5. I would say one of the Waikiki Theaters.

  4. Mitchell

    Not to pick nits, but the Sunset was a Royal theater, not a Consolidated theater.

  5. Reid

    Oh, OK. I didn’t know that. Hmm, I’ll have to change my answer.

  6. Mitchell

    Here’s the Consolidated Theaters blog where they talk about that Reel Talk with Hawaii Lengends feature, plus a blooper reel. I had to look up Pashyn Santos. Did you know who that was?

  7. Mitchell

    1. What was the first movie you saw in a Consolidated Theater and which theater was it?
    It might have been Rocky III in 1982, at the Waikiki 3 theater. I was 13. My family preferred drive-in movies (my dad likes his personal space) so we went to the Sunset, which was just two blocks from the house, or second-run flicks in the theater on base.

    2. What was your favorite memory?
    A girl I hung out with in high school was as into Disney films as I was, and back then the Disney animated features came to theaters only once every eight years or so. So, if it was 101 Dalmations, for example, you had to see it then or you wouldn’t get to (as far as you knew) until eight years later. So this girl and I saw almost all of them when they were in theaters, and they were some of our first dates. Those were good times.

    3. What was the funniest experience?
    Reid standing on a chair in Pearlridge theater the second time we saw Mannequin, as the closing credits went up, saying “I love you” to Kim Cattrall. Earlier that night, Charles spilled some Sprite on a lady’s sweater, and Don kept saying, “That looks like an expensive sweater, Chuck, for real. You better offer to pay for it.”

    4. What is a favorite snack that they no longer sell?

    Honestly, when I was growing up I could seldom afford to buy snacks at the concession. If I didn’t sneak it in, I probably wasn’t having it. So I have no idea what they used to sell but no longer sell. I mean, I guess I’ve been buying snacks at the concessions for 20+ years now, but I can’t think of anything.

    5. What was your favorite theater?
    Probably the Kapiolani, of the Consolidated theaters. But I was also very fond of Pearlridge West, when it was brand-sparkly-new, and the Varsity because of all the great movies I saw there. Of non-Consolidated theaters I liked the Wallace Restaurant Row theaters, especially when it was Art House at the Row. I also kind of wish that dump, the Holiday Theater at Kam Shopping Center, was still there. If there were still a theater in that mall so close to my house, I’d be there a couple of times per week.

  8. don

    Yeah that was pretty cool. I’m surprised you don’t know who Pashyn Santos is. She’s has a huge “local” online presence (not sure if that’s the right word). I didn’t know Anderson Le, and my first reaction was that cannot be the chef from Pig & the Lady.

  9. don

    1. What was the first movie you saw in a Consolidated Theater and which theater was it?
    Man I cannot believe you guys can remember that. I have no clue. I will say the first and only movie I saw by myself was “Streets of Fire” at the Windward Twin. I walked over one summer day. Actually I may have done that another time, but just cannot remember what movie.

    2. What was your favorite memory?
    I played basketball for D Tsuha, and he took us to see 48 Hours. I loved that movie and was stoked that we could see a rate “R” movie.

    3. What was the funniest experience?
    I swear Reid was going to say when Todd snapped because Reid always asked him to buy stuffs from the concessions. Reid finally broke the camel’s back and Todd said, “Why every time I gotta go.” I don’t think I was laughing at the time, but was cheering inside. Not a great memory, but I remember Darren, who we would always have to buy his ticket and wait outside for, once told us he was going early and get our tickets. I was thinking, “yeah about time”. We sat in the front row because after he bought our tickets at Pearlridge, he went to get a bite to eat at McDonald’s across the street.

    4. What is a favorite snack that they no longer sell?
    I thought I was going to invent a new craze by eating popcorn and Reese’s Pieces instead of kakimochi. It never caught on, but it was good.

    5. What was your favorite theater?
    Was it Kapono would like the organist at Waikiki 3? I only saw him (the organist not Kapono) play a few times, but I thought that was pretty cool. It seemed so old school at the time. I feel like there was a good stretch of time, that if I went to a movie with Reid, we were going to the Varsity (maybe sometimes Kahala), but I sort of liked the Varsity as well.

  10. Mitchell

    That’s odd. I just watched Streets of Fire (twice) last week. It’s next in line to be reviewed.

  11. Reid

    Mitchell,

    I only knew who Pashyn was because Larri showed me the Siri pidgin clip (which I thought was very good).

    Re: the white sweater debacle

    Yeah, that was definitely a funny incident. It might be better than the Jack-in-a-box man story.

    Of non-Consolidated theaters I liked the Wallace Restaurant Row theaters, especially when it was Art House at the Row.

    Art House was so great. But I was excluding the type of films that was shown there. The venue was a dump and not a great place for movies. But the films they screened there were terrific. (I saw Talk to Her there.) I miss that place.

  12. Reid

    Don,

    I thought of the Todd story later. It’s a pretty funny one. In my recollection of the incident, I remember you cracking up, or maybe you just smiled in that “Ho…” sort of way. Then again, I could be wrong about that.

    We sat in the front row because after he bought our tickets at Pearlridge, he went to get a bite to eat at McDonald’s across the street.

    Was I there? Because I don’t remember that at all. So what happened? He bought the tickets, went to McDs and then you guys were waiting in front of the theater? I assume you guys didn’t know he went to McDs. Man, I would’ve been annoyed. I mean, he knows he’s slow eater.

    I thought I was going to invent a new craze by eating popcorn and Reese’s Pieces instead of kakimochi. It never caught on, but it was good.

    On some level this sounds like it would be good, but I can see how this wouldn’t work, too. Definitely not better than sugar babies and popcorn. 🙂

    Yeah, the organ playing at Waikiki 3 was pretty cool, especially looking back on it.

    I feel like there was a good stretch of time, that if I went to a movie with Reid, we were going to the Varsity (maybe sometimes Kahala), but I sort of liked the Varsity as well.

    That was in high school, or afterward?

  13. don

    Reid,

    I’m not sure if you were there for the Darren sit-in-the-front-row movie.

    I think the most movies I saw with you was college and post college. I think the Varsity movie-going was pre-Larri and probably post-Larri. I remember Larri being at a couple Varsity movies as well.

  14. Reid

    OK, that fits with what I remember.

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