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The pier side of the theaters, where visitors board the shuttle boats to the memorial, still captures the massing and rhythm of the CDS-design visitor center. In its day, it was well-regarded, winning design awards from the Hawaii Society of The American Institute of Architects, the national American Institute of Architects, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the Secretary of Defense.
The theatres were kept because they still worked, and, unlike the rest of the facility, weren’t sinking into the landfill of the shoreline the way the rest of the facility had been.
“Renovating, instead of building new, is always the greenest option,” says Rupp. “It was a real advantage to keep the theaters.”