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Pre-tiki Hawaii Theatre in Hollywood
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Posted: 2014-07-24 4:09 pm   Permalink

5941 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028
There aren't any tiki's so I'm posting this under Beyond Tiki.

From the Cinema Treasures website:
The Hawaii Theatre was opened on 6th May 1940, and designed by architect Carl Moeller, with Clarence G. Smale acting as consultant architect. The exterior of the Hawaii Theatre was dressed with a tropical mural over the box marquee. Round glass walls proceeded onto the sidewalk flanking either side of the front entrance.

Inside, the auditorium was decorated with tropical jungle murals and had a simple Atmospheric style effect on the ceiling to continue the theatre’s theme. All seating was on a single level.

The theatre was later converted into the Salvation Army Tabernacle in the early-1960’s and remains their Hollywood headquarters today.

Concept art.

Hula girl and man playing ukulele on the mural.

To the right side of the stage is the volcano which was animated with red glowing crater and white smoke which rose towards the ceiling. The murals glowed under the black lights.

What is looks like now.

This link is from the book "The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History". It has more background on the popularity of Hawaiian and Polynesian places in Hollywood. I hope the link works. It's pages 233 and 234.


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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-07-25 1:27 pm   Permalink

Love this. Thanks for posting.

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