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Hana Hou Picture Show 1 Year Anniversary Set for May

Everyone knows that anniversaries are a big deal. Forget one and you could end up in big trouble. That’s why if you weren’t at last night’s Hana Hou Picture Show screening of Spaceballs, then you missed out on a major announcement about the 1 year anniversary of Consolidated Theatres’ Hana Hou Picture Show. Don’t worry though, this will serve as a reminder that you’ve still got a month to go out and get a present, make dinner reservations, and oh yeah, purchase those movie tickets.

The Hana Hou Picture Show began last year after the success of the 25th Anniversary presentation of Top Gun. With such a great turnout and so much excitement surrounding Top Gun, Consolidated Theatres created the Hana Hou Picture Show to bring back other classics that movie fans know and love back to the bring screen.

In honor of the 1 year anniversary of Hana Hou, Consolidated Theatres will be going all out by showing three of the most popular movies from last year’s Hana Hou Picture show three nights in a row. Check out this lineup:

  • The Goonies – Monday, May 14

  • Top Gun – Tuesday, May 15

  • Back to the Future – Wednesday, May 16

The celebration doesn’t stop there. Hana Hou fans will also benefit from the new Hana Hou picture show ticket price of $10 in Consolidated’s high end Titan XC theater (down from the usual price of $14.25). Not sure if this is just for the anniversary or for Hana Hou going forward, but it’s definitely great news for movie fans that want to check out any of these three classics next month. And who knows, maybe more surprises will be in store for Hana Hou fans next month.

For more information on the 1 year anniversary of Consolidated Theatres’ Hana Hou Picture Show check them out on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Fandango or at their box office at Ward next time you’re there (and save yourself that pesky Fandango fee).

In the meantime, check out the slides from last night’s Hana Hou Picture Show:



This is heavy.

The folks at Consolidated Theatres are doing it again. They’re bringing my boys, Marty McFly and Doc Brown, back to the big screen in Back to the Future! As with Top Gun last month, Back to the Future will be coming BACK for one night only, next week Monday, June 27 for two showings at 7pm and 10pm. If you missed out seeing Top Gun I highly recommend you buy your tickets online, and as soon as possible because as many found out last time…there was only front row seating when they showed up to purchase tickets right before the movie. I’ve got my tickets . . . do you?
Hello? Anybody home? Think McFly, think!

One of the displays outside the theater has a poster up for Back to the Future.

Smaller tabloid sized posters are displayed inside the box office at Ward.

Win Tickets to See Back to the Future
If you’re interested in potentially winning free tickets to this special presentation of Back to the Future, 94.7 KUMU-FM is giving away tickets. Check out their website for more details.

The Top Gun Experiment

Oahu residents came out last week to be Maverick's wingman on the 25th anniversary of the film's debut. The question now is, will they be Consolidated Theatres' wingman should the theater offer more old favorites?

What started off as a nostalgia showing of Top Gun could potentially open the door for other beloved pop culture, geek, and cult classics to make their way onto a theater screen near you. More specifically, a theater screen here on Oahu. Last week Monday’s special presentation of Top Gun drew a nearly packed house for the 7:15pm showing and a respectable half full auditorium for the 10pm showing–no small feat considering that it was a Monday night and that tickets were north of $14. Oh yeah, did I also mention that the movie being shown was 25 years old and not some 2011 summer blockbuster?

I’m proud to say that I was there before the 7:15p showing and that a number of people coming up to the box office were definitely disappointed when they found out that there was only front row seating for the night’s first showing. With so many people coming out to see Top Gun a question on everyone’s mind was . . . “What’s next?”

And that’s where we seem to find ourselves at the moment, what is next? Consolidated Theatres, striking while the iron is hot, put it out to us-their customers in a vote on their Facebook page:

Out of the four choices available, Back to the Future narrowly won out (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dirty Dancing, and Blade Runner being the other options). In total 59 people voted, and though it’s a small sample size, it definitely says something about what local residents want to see at their local cinema.

If you didn’t know it from reading this blog (or this blog post for that matter if this is your first time to the blog), I’m a movie lover. I don’t need to be sold on going to the movie theater. The rub comes when Hollywood tries to get THE AVERAGE PERSON to go to the movie theater. Factors such as ticket price, format (2D/3D), location, and content all come into play in trying to get the average person to go to the movie theater. Not just any movie will get people to come out. And that’s why our recent showing of Top Gun can be viewed as an experiment of sorts . . . if that many people came out for Top Gun, will they come out for Back to the Future? What about other older films? Only time will tell I guess, but this much is clear: there are definitely people here who would pay current ticket prices to see other movies similar to Top Gun.

With a good showing for Top Gun I think we’ve (Oahu moviegoers) definitely proved that we’ll come back for more. I only hope that should older films continue to come out locally, that moviegoers continue to come out and support this time of programming. Otherwise who’s to say when we’ll see cool old movies again on the big screen.

Patrons Sound Off on Bringing Back “Classics”

Things definitely got heated last week with regards to bringing back old school favorites onto the big screen to be viewed in the way they were intended to be. As previously stated earlier in this post, 59 people participated in the poll on Consolidated Theatres’ Facebook page. In the end it was basically a two horse race with Back to the Future beating out Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in the polls 26-23 (respectively). There was some lively conversation/campaigning going on in Consolidated comments, some of which even I participated in offsite on Namesake, the newest social networking platform enamoring the Hawaii tech community.

Even local film critic Burl Burlingame of the Star-Advertiser talked up Consolidated’s showing of Top Gun and made a case for seeing some of these older films in a theater:

Movies have been the language of dreams for the last century, and many of the greatest films (particularly in Technicolor) deserve to be seen in the arena they were created for, the movie theater. It really is a different experience than the corner of the living room.

Check out his full post over at

Movie Night Photos

The Titan theater marquee all set for Top Gun.

Entrance to the theater adorned with the 94.7 KUMU flags.

Crowd filling up the 490 seat Titan XC theater.

You gotta love it when people dress up for the movies.

More photos from 94.7 KUMU.


The Kids Grow Up Q&A

I know it’s been a while, but early last month we partnered with Consolidated Theatres in helping to promote the documentary film The Kids Grow Up. What was really special about this partnership though was that we were going to be in charge of the Q&A after the film with director Doug Block and his wife Marjorie.

Even though this wasn’t some big Hollywood release, just the fact that we would be on hand to coordinate the Q&A with the director of the film was a little exciting. Here we were some people talking about movies and now here we are conducting Q&As with directors. Needless to say I wanted to make sure we were fully ready to take on this responsibility. The week leading up the screening we made sure that we watched the film to make sure we knew what it was about and to come up with possible questions in the event that we would need to keep things moving during the Q&A. Being the event people that we are, we even typed out short scripts on what we were going to say before and after the film.

Finally the big day arrived and we showed up to the theater super early to make sure we could check in with the theater staff and make sure everything was set. Then as the screening got closer, I’m not going to lie, I started getting a little nervous about meeting Doug and Marjorie. What would they be like? Would they like us? Were they going to be high maintenance? When they arrived and we introduced ourselves to them, any fears I had were quickly put to rest. They were exactly as how they appeared in the film: down to Earth, funny, and genuine.

We went over everything with Doug and after checking out the specific theater that the film was being shown in, we went over the general rundown of the evening. Doug was very personable and gracious and volunteered to introduce his film before it started, something we had originally planned to do ourselves but decided to defer to Doug since it was his film. I mean, who better to introduce it than the director himself right? After introducing Doug and presenting him and Marjorie with leis, he launched right into his intro. (For my thoughts on the film, please check out my previous post here.)

Once the film concluded (to a round of applause from the audience) it was my turn to speak and once again introduce Doug and Marjorie. I had planned to say a little more, but the crowd was eager to get into the questions so we just launched right into it. Overall, the director screening and Q&A went really well. Doug and Marjorie stood up front taking questions close to half an hour. The audience was really into the film as most of those in attendance were parents themselves so they could definitely relate to what Doug and Marjorie went through. Hence, a lot of the questions were very meaningful. To check out the full Q&A, be sure to check out the videos below. Once everything was done and as everyone filed out of the theater, Doug and Marjorie thanked us for helping to coordinate the whole evening and said that out of all the Q&As that they had done for the film, nowhere else had they been more decorated than here in Hawaii. That definitely was my highlight for the evening.

Final Note:

If you’re interested in finding out more about these special screenings or Q&As, I definitely encourage you to sign up to be on Consolidated’s email list. That’s probably the best way find out when these things happen. However, the next special screening is happening Friday, January 7 (TONIGHT) at the Ward Theaters. They will be showing ‘Dear Doctor’ as part of their Spotlight Asia Asian cinema series. Lead actor Tsurube Shofukutei (who I hear is the Robin Williams of Japan) will be on hand to give a special Q&A after the 7:30pm showing of the film. If you love Asian cinema, then this is definitely for you.



Special Pass Giveaway: The Kids Grow Up

I think when people hear the word “documentary,” they tend to have already formed an opinion about any film that fits into this genre. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I myself fall into this prejudicial trap as well. However, I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons recently by seeking out a few docs that I personally find interesting, hoping to become a more well rounded moviegoer. It started last year with seeing Art & Copy at HIFF, then continued this year with two totally opposite films: Restrepo and The People vs George Lucas (still want to see Exit Through the Gift Shop).

Outside of these docs, nothing else really showed up on my radar till we were asked to participate in hosting a Q&A for a documentary coming out titled The Kids Grow Up. Good thing we accepted this challenge . . . otherwise we would have missed out on a really remarkable film.

With his 17 year old daughter entering her final year of high school, documentarian Doug Block focuses on this final year before she leaves to go away for college. Looking back on his daughter’s growth as well as interviewing various family members, we get a glimpse into one family’s emotional journey and something that most college parents can relate to–saying goodbye.

In full disclosure (and as preparation for the Q&A on Friday), we were able to watch the film in advance of it’s theatrical run here in Honolulu. As I mentioned previously, I thought the film was engrossing and remarkable. You definitely get to see an intimate look into the lives of the Block family (Doug, Marjorie, and Lucy). However, what really drew me into the film was the lighthearted way the film unfolded. Here you have a very real and emotional subject matter with parents getting ready to experience the ‘empty nest’ which could potentially push viewers away. Yet there is just the right amount of humor interjected at various points throughout the film to make it fun, engaging, and relatable.

Another aspect that I enjoyed was the editing of the film itself. Using hours of footage throughout Lucy’s life, the film is edited in such a way where experiences that Lucy encounters at an older age are contrasted with video of her at a younger age. It is through this editing and juxtaposition that gives you a feeling of who Lucy is and how she has grown. In a sense it made me think about the way I felt as a kid and how that differs from the way I think now and definitely gives you a sense how things change as you grow older.

The Red Band Project is partnering with Consolidated Theatres to present a special question and answer session after the 7:20pm screening of The Kids Grow Up at the Consolidated Kahala 8 Theatres. Filmmaker Doug Block and wife Marjorie Silver will be on hand to share their thoughts on the film and take questions from the crowd. Please join us for this very special event (purchase tickets here).

The Red Band Project will be inviting five lucky readers (and a guest) to the 7:20pm screening on Friday for FREE! To be eligible to win just send your name and email to Winners will be selected randomly from all eligible entries and only one entry per person.

Winners will be selected by Thursday evening, December 9.

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Photos: Harry Potter 7 Midnight Line-Up at Ward

The marquee at Ward had an entire block dedicated to the midnight showings.

Last night we took in the advance screening of Disney’s new film Tangled. Before and after the showing however, we encountered some of the Hawaii Potter faithful as they eagerly awaited midnight showings at Ward. Check out the pics from various times during the evening.


Before our Tangled screening, these were the only folks waiting in line–on the upper deck just past the automated ticket kiosks. Over seven hours out from showtime, you have to give these people credit:



After coming out from our screening there were a lot more people on the upper deck. However, the center staircase was still empty:



What a difference an hour makes. After coming out of dinner at D&B’s, Potter fans spilled out into the central staircase, the backside staircase from Buca leading up to the box office, and the upper deck:


Did you seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 at midnight last night?


First Look: Consolidated’s Titan XC

The entrance to Consolidated Ward's theater 8, the Titan XC.

This post is going to consist of two parts. The first part will be a relatively quick “first thoughts, reaction, and feeling” of the new Titan XC theater at Consolidated Ward for those who just want a quick read. Following that, the second portion of this post will go into greater detail of my experience in the newly renovated theater.

Quick Review ::

If you want a good movie experience, then Consolidated Ward’s new Titan XC will have one to offer. However, moviegoers should be informed about the moviegoing experience that they can expect to have. First up, so we can get it out the way really quick, this IS NOT an Imax theater. The image quality on screen simply cannot match that of the Imax format. Is the image quality bad? Hardly, this is a relatively brand new projector (installed in about April) and it does a nice job of showing bright and crisp images–it just doesn’t show the high “HD like” quality that Imax does.

Second, the sound. Consolidated amped up the volume by installing a bunch of new speakers, most noticeably on the sides and ceiling of the theater. This did make for a much louder experience, but it was hard to gauge the effectiveness with a movie like Toy Story 3. Was the sound louder? Yes. Was it loud enough to drown out the crying child in the row behind me and three seats over? No.

Third, the screen–while it is wall to wall and does make for a more dramatic presentation, I personally didn’t think it added that much to the viewing experience.

Fourth, the seats–while they are nice and new, I overheard an employee mention that they are pleather seats. Still they are comfortable just the same as the old ones. Although, one plus is that all of these seats recline a little (like the ones in the first few rows). Also all rows and seats are now numbered so you can properly find your reserved seat.

Fifth and finally, the glasses. These are the bulkiest of the 3D glasses I have ever worn and if you wear regular glasses, I hope you have a small pair as I fear larger frames may not fit under the XpanD 3D glasses. Also, for some reason, the on screen images are darkened when wearing the glasses so expect a slightly muted presentation for 3D showings.

Overall, I think you’ll get a decent experience with Consolidated’s new Titan XC. I just don’t think it will be as “world class” as is being advertised. I still say that the biggest selling point of this new theater will be the reserved seating. Want to see Eclipse on opening night AND be able to show up just 20 minutes before the movie starts? This will be the way to do it!

Detailed Review ::

Consolidated Ward’s Titan XC in theater 8 definitely had the “new theater smell” like when you get a new car. Here’s more of what you can expect from each of some of the new theater’s features and an introduction from theater management.


The new seats showing the row and numbering system.

As mentioned previously, all the seats are brand spanking new (hence the new theater smell). As far as comfort levels go, I really couldn’t tell the different between the old seats and the new ones. What I do like though is all of the seats recline a little (about 3-4 inches backward). As noted in the images above, all seats are are now numbered. The numbering starts at #1 on the left side of a row (if you’re facing the row) and works it’s way up as you move to the right across the row. Rows are numbered by letters. I know that the upper portion of rows in theater 8 are double lettered (AA, BB, CC, etc) and increase as they work they’re way up. I forgot to check while we were there, but I’m not sure if the rows in the lower level are double lettered or single lettered. Though I suspect they are single lettered to differentiate themselves from the top portion of seats. The row numbers are illuminated so you will have an easier time finding your row in the theater if the lights are off. I only hope they have new cleaning supplies as well because once food or drinks start falling on seats, it will definitely be more noticeable than with the old ones.


You can make out the slight curvature of the screen from this vantage point.

One aspect of the Titan XC experience that delivers as advertised is the wall-to-wall screen that now fills the entire 66 feet width of the theater. At first glance it doesn’t seem too big of a difference. After all, Ward’s big theaters (#7-10) already had bigger screens when compared to Dole, so what do a few more feet add? Well, you know the saying, “bigger is better,” it still applies. Those few feet do make a difference and make the theater that much more new and different. One noticeable improvement though is that now the screen is concave or curved away from the audience. This is done to negate the effects of distortion from the projector. One thing to remember though is that with bigger screens you need to sit farther back to enjoy the experience. I would recommend sitting in the upper portion of the theater if possible for the optimal experience.


Huge JBL speakers line the walls of the theater giving it 7.1 audio channels.

One of the first things you notice when you walk into the Titan theater is that there are a lot more speakers than there were before. JBL speakers line both sides of the theater and the ceiling. I’m sure there were speakers on the wall before the renovation, but they have been since upgraded to the more noticeable JBL ones now installed (9 on each wall, 14 on the ceiling). Also part of the upgrade included doubling the subwoofer power behind the screen. All this leads to an extra 2 channels of audio in the theater. Theater standard is 5.1 surround. Consolidated went above and beyond to upgrade the theater to 7.1. Now does this translate to a better movie experience? The jury is still out on the audio with Titan. The sound was noticeably louder in the Titan theater, but I’m not sure if I was really that much more immersed in the seven channels of audio. Probably a better measuring stick would be a movie like Saving Private Ryan or some other action movie. As it stands right now, Titan’s roar is louder, but not necessarily more intense.


As I opened up with in the quick review section of this post, picture quality in the Titan theater is marginally better than other theaters. The image is clean, clear, and crisp, but it’s no Imax. As mentioned in their press release, the theater is operating an NEC digital projector. A quick web search of NEC’s offerings for digital projectors show industry standard projectors, a standard that is below that of Imax. However, Titan is a digital theater so it does have a leg up on other film theaters. If you have an option of seeing a movie in a digital theater or a film theater, opt for the digital one. With digital projection, the film print does not degrade from multiple viewings (this results in faded images and lots of artifacts, or spots, seen when viewing). Since Titan is indeed digital, the picture will look as good from the first viewing to the 100th. A positive note about this NEC technology is that their website states that later this year, their models will be able to upgrade to higher resolutions–hopefully Consolidated can implement this.


This is probably one aspect of the Titan XC experience that affected me the most–their 3D glasses. I’ve used 3D glasses for Imax, Dolby 3D, RealD, and now XpanD. Out of all of them, the XpanD’s have been the bulkiest. Now I usually don’t mind the glasses. This time though, I had to wear my glasses underneath the 3D glasses and while it wasn’t irritating, I definitely “felt” the weight of the glasses on my head over my own glasses. Another moviegoer in my party mentioned that they didn’t like the XpanD glasses and that the Imax one’s are better since they are lighter and easier to fit over your glasses. Another somewhat negative aspect of the glasses were that they really darkened the picture image on screen. Without them on, the picture was bright and the colors vibrant. When put on, there was a significant change in picture brightness. Don’t know exactly what the story is with that, but it’s another reason why I probably wouldn’t see another 3D film in this theater.


Adult – $14.25 :: Child/Senior – $11.00 :: Adult 3D – $16.25 :: Child/Senior 3D – $13.00
I still believe that the biggest selling point of this theater will be the fact that you can reserve your seat. For an extra $3.50 (regular Ward ticket prices start at $10.75 for adults) you can see a movie on opening weekend without having to worry about coming early, standing in lines, and then fight the crowd to get a good seat. And I like how there are two prices for films in the theater, one for 2D and another for 3D (Dole’s Imax has a single price for both 2D and 3D movies). In the end, Consolidated was smart my making their Titan XC price points lower than those of Dole’s Imax.


As I theorized in my previous blog post, a lot of the “experience” of the Titan XC theater at Ward can be chalked up to marketing by Consolidated. It’s not a bad experience, in fact it’s a pretty decent one–it’s just not as great as an experience as advertised. However, this shouldn’t stop people from going to check out the Titan XC experience for themselves. We’re all different so you might come up with your own assessment of the theater. As with all things, be informed about your movie viewing choices.


Additional Reading:

Hawaii News Now Feature on Titan XC

Urban Mix Plate at the Titan XC debut

Hawaii Blog – Consolidated Theatres’ Big Play

Star Advertiser – Audiences prepare for splash of this Titan

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