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Address: 38 Haili St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2802
Phone Number:
+1 808-934-7010
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10:00 - 15:00
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Hours:
Sun 14:30 - 15:30
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Fri - Tue 18:30 - 19:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This historic 1925 movie theater in downtown Hilo reopened in 1999 after...

This historic 1925 movie theater in downtown Hilo reopened in 1999 after being closed for 17 years.

Our Mission is to revitalize, restore, and sustain the Historic Palace Theater as a venue that will educate, entertain, and inspire our diverse community.

The Palace opened in October 1925 with the Silent Film “The Son of Zorro” Starring Douglas Fairbanks. Since then the Palace Theater has shown many types of films including Festivals, Documentaries, Independent, Sleepers, Art House, Academy Award Winners, Silver Screen Classics & still even shows Silent Films accompanied by the Palace Organ.

But the Palace is a lot more then just a movie theater. Many Famous Musicians & Music Festivals, for example, have preformed here, covering a large array of music. Classical, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Electronic, Hawaiian & many other Traditional World Music acts.

Live Theater, Musicals, Ballets & Halaus have also graced the Palace stage. Not to mention private parties and Hilo’s Special Events May Day Lei Day, Black & White Night & Chinese New Year.

This Historical Theater has been in the hearts of many for almost a century, and we hope it will become a treasured memory for you as well. It’s through volunteered time & charitable donations that restorations & operations are possible, so that the Palace can continue entertaining the people & visitors of the Big Island for many more years.

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Hilo community members have made a concerted effort to restore this 1920's movie palace in order to offer both movies and live performances at this landmark building. The building... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hilo community members have made a concerted effort to restore this 1920's movie palace in order to offer both movies and live performances at this landmark building. The building offers architectural features which were well ahead of their time such as "stadium seating" and excellent natural acoustics. I attended a performance by ULTIMI, a vocal ensemble of three tenors and... More 

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Thank Gabriele S
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Very nice to see such a beautiful old theatre, really beats the modern no character place. Still need lots of work but the committee will get there in time. It will be something special when it gets finished

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Thank Denis2727
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 4 March 2016

We went to see the Makaha Sons concert at the theater and really enjoyed the concert. We are great fans of the Makaha Sons and to see them in person really made our visit worthwhile. The Palace Theater is a very old theater and probably in need of some improvement, but it would take a lot of generous help to... More 

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Thank Way2013
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 31 January 2016

We were staying with friends in Hilo. They got tickets for us to see Kuana Torres Kahele at the Palace Theater. He as helping them with a benefit to help raise money for the continued upkeep and upgrading they are doing. This is a wonderful theater. They have concerts and show movies. A nice lobby. Right now they hand out... More 

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Thank joelwx39
Borrego Springs, California
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Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

The old theater is still grand with a patina that has to be earned. We were there for the Nutcracker and it was filled with families and the theater seemed epic; ageless. Sure it needs AC and some renovation but it is priceless.

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Thank Realtyhank
Northern California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

This is a historic building with the architecture familiar to Fox theater patrons. It has ambiance and it's intimate. Unfortunately, its in need of repairs to make it fully appreciated. The carpets are worn, the paint is chipping, and the bathroom is barely functioning. I only attended a show there once in June of 2015, and the worst part was... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 11 December 2014

We lucked out and were in town when Makana was playing at the Palace. What a treat. He toured the world this year, and came back to the islands to share his Hawaiian slack key guitar music once again. Most small towns had a Palace Theater of some sort; many have been torn down and a few restored. Its not... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2014

Our B&B hostess recommended this over gimmicky luau to see authentic hula. The attendees were all local. This show had beginners who were just learning and dancing for their families to pros and professional Hawaiian singers. It was an incredibly special night and the Theater suited the event. It felt authentic, very comfortable with good sound and sight lines.

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Reviewed 2 September 2014

and definitely avoid if you are a larger person, my SO hated, loathed, deplored every time he had to squeeze into the tiny cramped seats. a great venue, but hot and crowded.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

This place is a gem! Great art house cinema! They also have live music acts etc... a great part of Hilo history. Highly recommend!

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