Dec. 16, 2016

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The theater reopens in 2017 with Bollywood Film Festival    

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—The museum is closing its Doris Duke Theatre Dec. 19 to Jan. 5 while an air conditioning system is installed. The theater reopens Jan. 6, and the Bollywood Film Festival opens Jan. 7.

The theater’s AC handler is a testament to the fact that they just don’t make ’em like they used to—it was installed in 1977, and still works well. However, it is 20 years past its serviceable lifetime. So when the museum was awarded grants for a museum-wide maintenance project from McInerny Foundation, Bank of Hawaii, Trustee, and other anonymous funders, the Operations Department made replacing the theater unit a priority.

“Nothing is wrong with it,” says operations manager Eric Walden, “we just want to make sure we stay ahead of the game. If the system were to break down it would be at least three months before it could be replaced, because this equipment comes from the mainland.”

As to why the installation process takes two weeks: The handler is nearly as big as a car, which means that the old unit first needs to be disassembled and removed piece by piece. Then the new unit, which arrives assembled, must be disassembled, brought into the theater, and reassembled in place.

The new AC system will be more energy efficient, in keeping with the museum’s ongoing efforts to become more sustainable in all aspects of its operation.


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About the Honolulu Museum of Art

One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.

Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. The museum is dedicated to bringing together great art and people to create a more harmonious, adaptable, and enjoyable society in Hawai’i.


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