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Kauai Movie Theater

Not too long ago, there were 4 movie theaters on Kauai. Then there were 3. Now we’re down to 2! Oh no, what will we do?! Netflix, perhaps : ) Anyway, if you’re on the Garden Island, and you want to see the latest flick, here are your best options…

Kukui Grove Marketplace
The people here are very friendly and customer service is da best. If you’re from the mainland, you may be a bit disappointed with the seating, but hey, it’s still Kauai, so no expect brah!

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Box Office: $8 Adults, $5 Matinees,
Location: Near Kukui Grove mall, Lihue, Kauai

Waimea Theater
If you live on the West Side, then check out the Waimea movie theater. I have never been there, so I cannot give it a review. For those of you who have visited the theater, please comment for others below.

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Box Office: $8 Adults, $7 Students, Military, Seniors (55+), $6 Children (5-10)
Location: 9691 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea, HI‎


1 Ray Holmes { 12.05.08 at 7:56 pm }

No it is not the mainland. Here KuKui does not gouge you and charge ridiculus prices from movie to nuts. Then there is the Aloha. Zip from my experience in most mainland theatres.

Aloha - starts with the ticket taker that beautiful (in spirit and life) gray haired lady, who happens to be the owner. Her aloha and vibrant spirti sets the tune for your movie experience.

She is loved by her employees and keeps things ship shape.

Thank God it is not a mainland movie experience.


PS to show her customer appreciation she occaisional throws in a free movie day.

2 Tiara Lest { 12.28.08 at 7:43 am }

Yeah i wonder why they closed all the other ones down. Now the north shore people have to drive farther and it costs gas money.

3 Nicole { 01.01.09 at 4:07 pm }

2 theaters…Kukui and Waimea.

4 admin { 01.01.09 at 6:45 pm }

I had spoken with the owner of the Kilauea and Waimea theaters and he informed me that both would be shutting down. But I do see that the Waimea theater is open. I will update the information above.

5 M.J. { 05.26.09 at 3:46 am }

We’re heading to the Garden Isle for my 60th. Staying on the South shore at the Point. Although the cinema in fun, and in the evening it’s nice to check out a celluloid, the real reason of flying to paradise is to “Be There”. So, movies are great, but not really for the “day trippers” mostly for the locals to enjoy. Keep them operating if supported.

6 M D N { 08.26.09 at 2:35 pm }


The Historic Waimea Theater is alive and well and continues to show a variety of standard cinema films, art films and live entertainment - hula shows, concerts, plays and similar activities. We are typically open just five nights a week (closed Mondays & Tuesdays), with cinema shows opening on Fridays and ending the following Thursday. Our concession stand offers hotdogs, sliders, a variety of candies, Cola products and real butter on our popcorn! Please n0te: we no longer show any “R” rated films, as our family-oriented community has little interest in these films and just won’t let their kids come see these movies either!!

If you are visiting Kauai, please come check us out - showtime # is 338-0272.


7 M D N { 08.26.09 at 2:37 pm }

Aloha, again:

Correction - Waimea Theater showtime # is 338-0282.


8 NATIVIDAD RAMOS VASCONCELOS { 11.30.09 at 5:07 am }


9 Always a KauaiGirl { 09.19.10 at 1:30 pm }

I live on Lanai where we dont have any theatres. I Love going to the movies. Its a “night out” for my daughter and I. I was surprised to learn that there are only two left! Growing up on Kauai, I remember The MarketPlace being the happenin spot! lol
I happened upon this site because my daughter and I will be visiting for a few days in a couple of weeks and wanted to know what was playing on Kauai these days.
With even just 2 places to go on Kauai, we appreciate it very much because we dont get to go to a movie theatre very often! But sometimes we get to go to a movie in our beautiful Dole Park in the middle of our little town, all snuggled up in blankets because it gets quite chilly here at night! :) We love it!
We all need to remember to appreciate what we have~!
Thank you for this site and info! I would like to try and make it to both spots!
P.S. To everyone who reads this. A good and different type of fundraising event would be to hold a free movie in a park and make little concession stands with homemade goodies and stuff like that to sell for the fundraising part! Thats wat we do here sometimes! Its really nice to be a part of a great community!

10 Tom Waechter { 12.31.10 at 10:15 am }

We have been to Kauai 5 of the 7 visits to the islands, so know it pretty well. Last night was our 1st time to drive over to the Waimea Theatre from Princeville on the N shore where we’re staying, and it is great! Historic theatre which looks to be of 1920’s or so vintage, friendly staff, and seating fine-wide theatre so no “way in the back” seats. Limited seating but the box office opens at 6:15 for 7:00 starts, so no problem. Definitely “mo bettah” than the typical mall theatre on the mainland.

11 judy fedorko { 09.17.11 at 3:10 pm }

We have been on Kauai for 1 yeah now , we always love to go to the movie’s in KuKui Grove Cinema you do not charge the out ridiculus prices like the mainland ,we like that alot . I just wish you had 3D file’s coming soon I now it Kauai but it the thing now . Thanks for your Movie ……

12 Steve { 11.30.11 at 7:56 pm }

The movie selections are terrible. They are always showing kid cartoon movies (this week it’s Hugo, Happy Feet, The Muppets and Breaking Dawn)…woohoo. If a great movie does come out, it’s only out for two days on a weekend only. I should open a new, modern cinema on the South Side. Does anyone want to go into business together with a movie theater, video arcade, putt-putt golf, go-carts place for locals and vistors to hang out?

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