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IAO THEATER CELEBRATES 80 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

March 27, 2009, 8:32 AM HST
* Updated March 27, 8:47 AM
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The Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku town celebrates it’s 80th anniversary today with a ribbon cutting ceremony tonight.The structure is the oldest theater on Maui and in the state of Hawaii.

(The Historic Iao Theater once showed Saturday morning cartoons for a nickel.  Today it provides a venue to community theater groups and a variety of productions put on by Maui On Stage.  Photo by Wendy OSHER © 2009)

(The Historic Iao Theater once showed Saturday morning cartoons for a nickel. Today it provides a venue to community theater groups and a variety of productions put on by Maui On Stage. Photo by Wendy OSHER © 2009)

Residents used to pay a nickel to watch Saturday morning cartoons at the theater.Today, the facility is host to a variety of groups including Maui On Stage, which puts on five productions each year.There’s also a monthly play reading series, film showings, and a Hawaiian cultural concert series.

In 1995, the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

(By Wendy OSHER 2009; Photos by Wendy OSHER © 2009)

(Photo by Wendy Osher © 2009)

(Photo by Wendy Osher © 2009)

(Photo by Wendy Osher © 2009)

(Photo by Wendy Osher © 2009)

(Photo by Wendy Osher © 2009)

(Photo by Wendy Osher © 2009)

(Photo by Wendy Osher © 2009)

(Photo by Wendy Osher © 2009)

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