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.
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, 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; 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.
900 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96814