|Kilauea Military Camp Theater|
The Kilauea Military Camp Theater, located in Kilauea Military Camp in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, started out as a Navy barracks in 1925. The barracks was converted to a movie theater in the mid-1930s; and, in late 1937, folding chairs were replaced by 280 theater seats. Although equipped with a stage, the theater's main purpose was to show movies four nights a week, 25¬¢ for officers and 15¬¢ for enlisted men. It was the only U.S. military theater in the world where civilians were allowed to come in and watch movies.
Kilauea Military Camp Theater continued screening films until at least the 1970s. After a short period of non-use, the theater was leased by Volcano Art Center in 1984. Since then, the stage has been expanded, lighting equipment added and the electrical capabilities of the building updated, the curtains replaced, and the dressing rooms outfitted. One expert rated the acoustics third in the nation for a historic theater. Now, VAC and other groups present a variety of dance, music, and theater performances there.