Waikiki theater site now open for business


Robertson Properties Group, developer of retail on the site of the former Waikiki 3 Theatres, says all of the tenants at the site are now open for business. A celebration of the reopening was scheduled Friday, the same day as a rebranding ceremony for a resort hotel just a few steps away.

Ahead of a Friday evening grand opening party, privately held and Los Angeles-based Robertson Properties said it would provide free entertainment with Kuuipo Kumukahi and her Hawaiian Sweethearts at what it now calls The Center of Waikiki.

A private VIP Party was also scheduled in the back of the property with Kaala Boys and Backyard Paina while invited guests from the hotel industry sample the menu of Atlantis Seafood & Steak, California Pizza Kitchen, Coco Cove and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Paying homage to the roots of the property, classic movies were to be projected on the wall on the back side of the building. The Waikiki Theatre made its debut in 1936 during the golden age of Hollywood. The 30,000 square foot property at 2284 Kalakaua Ave. still uses the old theater sign.

Across the street, the Moana Surfrider Hotel was also engaged in Friday celebrations, marking its rebranding from Sheraton to Westin. Both companies are brands of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and Starwood retains the management contract for the property, which is owned by Kyo-Ya Corp.

The Moana Hotel is a century old and was the first real hotel in Waikiki.

Source: Washington Business Journal