Iao Theater, Wailuku, 1940

© 2015, Alvin F. Kanda

Iao Theater on Saturday, April 13, 1940 between shows at about 5:00 pm. The movie "Destry Rides Again" was playing with show times of 12:30, 3:00, 6:00 and 8:00. Schedule for the next five days.

Today, the sign is located in a safer position above a thinner marquee. Anchor holes and missing molding can be found for the poster frames pictured.

This is how the sign appeared at night. The color is just a guess, If anyone remembers a specific color, please let your opinion be known. It should be noted that the current county sign ordinance prohibits sign animations of this type.

Lower Right Detail

Early History of Iao Theater

How the Iao Theater Got It's Name

Wailuku Theater Scene Before Iao Theater


  1. 1943 photo postcard, Iao Theater
  2. The Maui News, Apr. 13, 1940, movie schedule
  3. USNO sun position table for Wailuku, 4/13/40
  4. Personal photographs and measurements of the building

Page revised 2/14/18 by Maui MeshWorks