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Feb 15, 2010
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Feb 11, 2010

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The Hawaii Theater in downtown Honolulu is a reminder of the cinematic palaces from the early 20th century.

Built in 1922 by the Consolidated Amusement Company, the Hawaii Theater has been home to vaudeville, orchestras, bands, classical theater, silent and talkie motion pictures, film festivals and the like. It features an orchestra pit, dressing rooms, balconies, ornate art deco trappings, an old world box office and a respectable reception foyer. Over the years the theater fell into disrepair, and in 1984, Consolidated abandoned its land lease. A non-profit corporation was formed in 1986 to save the building from demolition. The theater was renovated and reopened in May, 1996, as a 1,400-seat multipurpose performance facility.

This pano was a bit disappointing in that when we started the pano it was pouring rain and no blue in the sky. We calibrated for the darkness, but 15 minutes into the pano the sun came blazing out. We knew we were blowing out the light and tried to adjust, but didn't do a good job of it.

Outside on the street corner was a different experience, with a different kind of community. Almost everyone was passing by and in a hurry. Though HPD was sauntering around pretty nonchalantly, stopping here and there to chat. The HPN producers as well were lounging around, and getting to see the flow from a different vantage, especially when waiting for trucks and cars to move. You knew they were going, but when, was another story. Richard Palmer was shooting with an HPN crew simultaneously across the street, you can see him at the foot of the green "parking" building on the right hand side.

Pete Britos wanted to shoot the Hawaii Theater for nostalgic reasons. 14 years earlier he was helping Jack Law and Annie Moriyasu to produce the Adam Baran Honolulu Film Festival. The gala event kick off was at the newly renovated Hawaii Theater, "the Pride of the Pacific," as it was called. For the opening Pete recruited the University of Hawaii Student Film and Video Association to dress in black slacks and white shirts like the itinerant cameramen of the early 20th century and shoot on film and video the burlesque stage show and the after-show banquet and reception upstairs in the theater.

Shooting outside on the street corner in precarious conditions was a different kind of time-based experience. The traffic, both foot and vehicular, was pretty intense, though comparatively few people show up in the pano. It was all movement, including the wind, rain and clouds. You had to put a foot next to the tripod legs to keep people from walking right into the camera. After the perceived shortcomings of this pano, HPN took a second pano from the same spot a week or two later, but this time on advice from a cinematographer we tried the aperture priority setting, but of course learned that a thousand plus pics with that setting gets you vast gray. You can see that experiment here:

Of course, some of us plan to take another pano of the Hawaii Theater some time in the future.

Hawaii Theater
"Pride of the Pacific"
1130 Bethel Street, Honolulu
www.hawaiitheatre.com Will open in a new tab or window
Box Office Open: Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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