2023 SHOWS ON SALE
EXPERIENCE OUR NEW THEATRE
Last Two 2022-23 Season Shows are now on sale for the entire season of shows. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. Call (808) 733-0274. Based on the Warner Bros. Film, The Bodyguard features irresistible Whitney Houston classics including: “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love” and “I Will Always Love You.” The Story follows the film-superstar Rachel Marron who finds herself in need of a bodyguard. Each expects to be in charge. What they don’t expect is to fall in love.
The Bodyguard (May 26 to June 11) • Beauty and the Beast (July 21- August 6)
OUR STORY ON STAGE
In 1915, The Footlights was formed as a new theatrical group in Honolulu. The Amazons was its first production and starred many prominent Honolulu citizens inlcuding Will Lewers, Mrs. Walter F. Dillingham, Helen Alexander, Margaret Center and Gerrit Wilder. Held at Honolulu Opera House, where the historic Merchant Street Post Office now stands, these collective performances would serve as the spirited beginning of America’s third-oldest, continuously operating theatre.
In 1934, the wildly popular Footlights evolved into Honolulu Community Theatre. Its original mission still stands: “Community service through the art of theatre, involving Hawaii’s people as audience members, stage crew and performers.”
During World War II, thousands of troops were entertained at more than 300 performances throughout the Pacific (a tradition that continued with the Pacific tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’ during the 1990 season).
Honolulu Community Theatre found a home to call its own in 1952. It took up permanent residence in Honolulu’s Gold Coast District of Diamond Head. Back then, Fort Ruger was a critical army base that included a military residential community and an aging movie house that was built in the 1930s. Although never designed for stage productions, the war-era movie house was retrofitted to the extent it could. A scene shop and costume center were added. Installation of lighting and sound systems were made in the 1980s.
In 1990, a new name for an old friend was given. Honolulu Community Theatre became Diamond Head Theatre. The aging theatre house was reimagined and a contemporary and visionary live theatre was opened in January 2023. DHT’s Fort Ruger Theatre closed on October 2022 with an encore performance of Anything Goes. Support is needed for phase II redevelopment of the Theatrical Arts Building devoted to education programs, a costume center and offices.
WE BELONG TOGETHER
Diamond Head Theatre brings Hawaii together to celebrate music, dance and the art of performance with spirited shows, a continuum of classes and exciting experiences for the entire ohana.
2022-23 Season Sizzles
Watch our video as this season will bring laughter, tears and belonging. Producer’s Club members and season ticket holders are guaranteed seats in shows that rival Broadway.
ACT II: A NEW ARTS COMPLEX
Theatrical Arts Building to be redeveloped
Diamond Head Theatre’s ambitious campus-wide capital campaign to reimagine the theatre center enters its second phase in March 2023. [...]
Grand opening of new theatre
It’s a new year and a new era for Diamond Head Theatre. On January 7, 2023, we featured our [...]
Seat sponsor party on December 15
More than 350 seats have been sponsored by Honolulu theatre lovers. Hundreds gathered on Dec. 15, 2022 to see [...]
Pacific Business News ‘First Look’ inside the new theatre
BY KAM NAPIER, Editor of Pacific Business News. Click here to read the full article. Diamond Head Theatre held [...]