Doris Duke Theatre

General information 

The Doris Duke Theatre opens its doors on Kinau Street one half-hour before each showing.

Film tickets: Available at the theater door on the day of screening, beginning one half-hour before each showing, or online in advance.
Film admission: $10 general admission; $8 museum members
Children age 17 and under get FREE admission to films and concerts!

Matinee Rewards Card:
Pick one up at the theater box office. When theater goers attend three matinees, they receive free admission to a fourth screening. Or they can bring three friends to a single matinee and receive free admission to a future screening. The free screening pass is valid for three months.

Concert tickets: Available at the theater door on the day of the concert, beginning one half-hour before the performance, or online in advance.
Concert admission:

Concession stand: In the lobby, visitors can purchase bags of lavender-infused glazed almonds, glazed pecans, coconut ginger, chocolate- and Kona coffee–coated macadamia nuts, and butter crunch vanilla macadamia nuts, for $6 per bag. Also on the menu are handmade desserts and baked goods from Yummy Tummy, including peanut butter-oats-and-cranberry energy balls, gluten-free snacks, oat cakes, green tea rice crispy treats and mini cookies ($3-$7). Candy options are also available for $2. Drinks: coffee, hot tea, Mexican Coke, Arizona Green Tea, Vitamin Water and bottled water ($2-$3).

Film submissions: For film submissions for festivals and individual films, please e-mail Taylour Chang,

Parking: For weekday matinees, theater patrons may park in the lot behind the Honolulu Museum of Art School (entrance on makai side of Beretania) for $5 for up to five hours and $2 for each additional 30 minutes or fraction thereof. For evening screenings, you can park free at the museum's lot at 1035 Kinau St., Diamond Head of Victoria Street. Handicapped parking is available in the small Luce Pavilion lot on Victoria Street. Patrons using handicapped stalls should proceed to the main entrance on Kinau Street.

For the hearing impaired: The Doris Duke Theatre is equipped with the Easy Listener Hearing Assistance System. You can pick up a receiver at the ticket counter.


Questions? Comments?, 808-532-6097


Taylour Chang
Director, Doris Duke Theatre

Minette Ferrer
Operations Manager, Doris Duke Theatre

Sarah Fang
Administrative Assistant, Doris Duke Theatre

Rental facility

The theater is available for corporate and private rentals. For information, see the theater's rental provisions form.
To make a booking, contact theater manager Taylour Chang at

About the theater

The Honolulu Museum of Art has had a film program since the 1930s, when it showed classic films in Central Courtyard. Screenings moved to what is now the Doris Duke Theatre in 1977.

The 280-seat Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art offers enhanced Dolby sound systems, Harkness Hall projection screen, Meyers Concert Sound System for musical performances, an elevated stage, air conditioning, and complete audio and video facilities.

The Doris Duke Theatre screens independent, documentary, and international film and video, and a popular series of lectures, performances and concerts by world-famous visiting artists and the finest local performers. The theater entrance is located at the rear of the museum on Kinau Street.

The theater was named in honor of Doris Duke, who was a generous philanthropist and supporter of Islamic art and culture, jazz and other music and performing arts. Anna Rice Cooke, Claire Booth Luce, and Doris Duke are connected by their contributions to the arts that continue to benefit the people of Hawai‘i. Anna Rice Cooke founded of the Honolulu Museum of Art; Claire Boothe Luce endowed the building that contains the museum’s theater; and the Doris Duke Foundation provided funds for the modernization and re-dedication of the theater in 2000.

The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to partner with the Hawaii International Film Festival throughout
2014 to showcase emerging films from Asia and the Pacific, as well as top festival films from around the world, as part of the Doris Duke Theatre's film program. The partnership kicks off in April with the 6th Annual Filipino Film Festival and the Hawaii International Film Festival's Spring Showcase.