Iao Theater

Iao Theater


Iao Theater

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The Iao Theater is a Spanish Mission style theater opened in 1928, in the city of Wailuku, Maui Hawaii. It was originally both a movie and vaudeville house, until it fell into disrepair in the 1980s. Facing possible demolition, in 1994, it was listed on the State of Hawaii's Register of Historic Places. It was placed on The National Register of Historic Places in 1995. It later became the home of Maui OnStage, a community-based theatrical organization.


In December 1927, Manuel Gomes Paschoal and H. B. Weller broke ground for Iao Theater on Market Street. The theater was designed by Edward Walsh. After nearly 9 months and $40,000 in construction costs, Iao Theater opened on August 22, 1928. The theater opened with a local play featuring local actors, and the showing of Sporting Goods starring Richard Dix at night.Engebretson, George Exploring Historic Wailuku: Small Town Series Maui ISBN 0-93631154-3-X Pg. 50

The theater was one of several theaters in Wailuku,Bartholomew, Gail & Bailey, Bren Maui Remembers A Local History ISBN 1-56647-070-6 Pg 128Bartholomew, Gail & Bailey, Bren Maui Remembers A Local History ISBN 1-56647-070-6 Pg 131 and was named after a small bait fish named the iao. Aside from screening movies, the theater also hosted live onstage performances. Notable...
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