The project design architect for the renovation was Lloyd Sako and general contractor was Kikiaola Construction Co. The original theatre design had a soda fountain located on the exterior of the theatre and seating for 500 patrons. Meetings involved the community in the design of the theatre with priorities set: seating was reduced to include a snack bar and small stage to allow for live performances as well as movies. The most important element was to retain the art deco fašade and unique loge seating that gave the theatre its uniqueness. The Waimea Theatre was reopened in late 1999 and offers first run movies five days a week.
Today the renovated Waimea Theatre seats 270 patrons and is ADA accessible.
The theatre is Available for Rent with features including a 45 x 50 square foot stage with lights, podium, state-of-the-art sound system and multi-media LCD projection system for dvd, power point and other digital imaging for a presentation show they will never forget... perfect for business meetings and live shows, from local bands to medium productions. Call us now and let's start making plans for your next business presentation, community meetings, convention, hula show, school or organiztaion event, party or whatever you can think of. We are here ready to service you today!
Recorded show times are available by calling (808) 338-0282.
The Historic Waimea Theatre
West Kauai Business & Professional Association operates the renovated 1938 Waimea Theatre. It serves as one of the key anchors of Waimea's business district.
As was the fate of many rural movies houses, the Waimea Theatre closed in 1972 with the building converted into a warehouse and retail spaces. Hurricane Iniki destroyed the decorative marquee and front elements in 1992. West Kaua'i Main Street, a project of West Kaua'i Business & Professional Association, leased the building in 1992 after hearing the owner wanted to tear it down or sell the property. Over 8 long years of perseverance and patience went into saving the landmark theatre. The County of Kaua'i purchased the building in 1996. Funding for the purchase and restoration was provided by the Federal Economic Development Agency and Community Development Block Grant administered through U.S. Housing and Urban Development.