HONOLULU (KHON2) — Attendance has grown steadily in the four months since the Consolidated Theaters reopened at the Kapolei Entertainment Center.
People are seeing that they’re back and better than ever – and it’s been quite a journey to get there.
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When the pandemic hit in early 2020, industries across the board were struggling to stay afloat, including the film industry. The theater closed on March 17, just days before Governor David Ige signed a statewide shutdown order and introduced the 14-day travel quarantine.
A year later, the theater opened its doors serve as a mass vaccination site to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Kaiser spent the next few months administering nearly 40,000 doses before closing the clinic in June 2021.
“As the first theater ever in Kapolei, it was important for us to remain actively involved with the community,” said Kyler Kokubun, Consolidated Theaters Marketing & Events Manager. “What better way to help when you’re closed to traditional businesses than to support the great work the people at Kaiser do. Your efforts in providing immunization clinics conveniently located on the West Side and for Special Olympics athletes have been truly inspirational.”
Then, on March 3, 2022, the theater reopened in time for the debut of Finally THE BATMAN after a major renovation. There are now electric reclining seats, new carpeting and wall coverings, and a renovated lobby area that showcases a vibrant mural.
“In the days leading up to our grand opening, we held charity previews and invited the community to enjoy family favorites,” said Kokubun. “Proceeds from these screenings and concession purchases, totaling over $14,000, benefited Nā Kama Kai, a non-profit organization that educates youth about ocean safety, environmental protection and responsibility.”
Looking ahead and building on recent box office successes, Kokobun said the overall outlook for the exhibitor industry looks good. The resurgence of new movie content at the start of the summer movie season is also helping.
Consolidated emailed residents to let them know about the May special concessions — and over a third of them were redeemed Top Gun: Maverick open. With Jurassic World: Dominion roar and elvis The theater is shaking things up and looking forward to further traction.
“We’re also working to make guests aware that we have the best prices for cinema admissions on the island, with traditional seat tickets for as little as $10,” Kokobun said.
Kokobun adds that in the coming weeks they will be reaching out to senior communities to offer low-cost private screenings for VIP outings. Consolidated has seen a steady return of older audiences with films like top gun: loner good performance among the over 55s.
While they’re still making up lost time to return to pre-pandemic numbers, Consolidated has seen a major uptick in response to its family tariff in Kapolei.
“The return of our beloved Keiki Film Hui series was a hit with nearby community organizations to use as the perfect outing,” said Kokobun. “Our concession sales have also been particularly strong at this location, up an average of 66% per person since the theater reopened compared to the same period in 2019, reflecting appreciation of our combination values as well as our dishes celebrating local flavors such as our Homemade Musubi, Saimin and shaving ice – all exclusive to this place.”
Beginning in July, the Kapolei Theater will present the fan-favorite Hana Hou Picture Show, a beloved programming tradition that has been offered at Consolidated Theaters Ward with TITAN LUXE for over a decade.
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Consolidated informed KHON2 that while they are aware of the reported popcorn shortages across the country, their inventory is currently well stocked due to advanced pre-orders. They’ll continue to monitor the situation, but for now don’t worry about missing out on your summer movie popcorn!