The 280-seat Doris Duke Theatre screens independent, documentary, and international film, and hosts lectures, performances and concerts by visiting and local performers. The theater entrance is located at the rear of the museum on Kinau Street.
Box-office hours: The box office opens 30 minutes before the film starts.
Theater tickets: Available at the box office, at both museum locations’ visitor information centers, by phone at 808-532-6097, or online in advance.
Film admission: $12 general admission; $10 museum members.
Children age 17 and under get FREE admission to films and concerts!
Get mobile tickets with the HoMA App: Get our app and buy tickets on-the-go. Search “Honolulu Museum of Art” in the Apple App Store or Google Play to find and download our new app. Museum members can find their digital membership card in the app, and quickly get scanned in to receive your discount at the box office. Note: To set up your digital member card, you will need to create a free online account.
Matinee Rewards Card: Pick one up at the theater box office. When you attend three matinees, you receive a free fourth screening. Or bring three friends to a single matinee and receive free admission to a future screening.
Concession stand: On the menu are 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. Candy such as Twix and Snickers is $2 per bar.
Drinks: coffee, hot tea, Bundaberg beer, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering: For volunteer opportunities at the Doris Duke Theatre, click here for more information.
• For weekday matinees, you may park in the lot behind the Honolulu Museum of Art School (1111 Victoria St., entrances on makai side of Beretania and Young streets) 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.
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 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, Clare Boothe 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; Clare 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.