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Oahu dollar theater closes doors for good

Stephanie Lewi Stephanie Lewi
Eben Kukui Eben Kukui
Winger Walker Winger Walker

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

RESTAURANT ROW (KHNL) - After nearly 15 years in business, the curtain has come down at the dollar theaters in Restaurant Row, leaving Oahu with no other discount theater of its kind.

"This is a theater that's been our home for a long time so and now they're going to shut down so it's a very sad thing," said Eben Kukui, a longtime patron.

On Sunday, the very last movie showing was 10 p.m. at the value venue.

A line snaked in front of the theater, with families trying to catch a discount flick before doors closed for good.

"We're here because this is the last day so we wanted to watch a movie before it closes down," said Stephanie Lewi, a patron who says her family came to the theater almost every Sunday.

With movie tickets at only a $1.25 to $1.50, loyal patrons give the closure two thumbs down, especially in these tough times.

"It's very sad because we've been coming here since long time ago and it's hard because nobody can afford, because the budget is so slow now, the economy is getting bad," said Kukui.

On the theater's last night, managers said they were told not to talk about the end of the company's 15 years in business.

"I hate to see it close but it's one of them things that you just can't ask. I've asked them all along what reasons they had for closing and they didn't say," said Winger Walker, a regular patron.

In Kune, the owners announced they would terminate the lease, saying they received a multi-million dollar offer for the property that they just could not refuse.

The closure of Restaurant Row's Value Theater will displace 40 employees.

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