Diamond Head Theatre

Honolulu, Hawaii

Formerly the Fort Ruger Theater built in 1933 by the Army, Diamond Head Theatre is a new state-of-the-art performance facility boasting higher quality sound and lighting, larger dressing rooms, an expanded box office and concessions, a new orchestra pit and fly loft, and an overall enhanced experience. The 17,000 SF theatre now features 482 seats, a large proscenium opening, an expanded scene fabrication shop, orchestra pit, and new restrooms that double the capacity of the old theatre.

Two 20,000-pound main trusses were spliced in the field and lifted to create a 75 ft span over the auditorium. The structural steel roof design in the theatre is also unique, in that the roof structure also supports the catwalks, ships ladders, and platforms. This design will allow staff and volunteers to move safely while accessing the grid, rigging, lighting, audio-visual systems.


Architect: Studio Red Architects

Project Completion: January 2023

Project Budget: $24,000,000