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Victory Theater Open House

September 4, 2008

Mark your calenders, there will be an escorted tour through the first floor, balcony and mezzenine levels inside the Victory Theater. The date is September 27, and starts at 10am, while the price is free, donations are accepted. info provided by

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Victory Theatre
Holyoke, MA
54 Suffolk Street, Holyoke, MA
Status: Closed/Renovating/Restoring
Screens: Single Screen
Style: Unknown
Function: Unknown
Seats: 1680
Chain: Unknown
Architect: Unknown
Firm: Unknown

 The enormous Victory Theatre opened in 1920 and was one of eight theaters that thrived during the days of vaudeville and silent motion pictures. The Victory, like many other combination houses, switched to an all-movies format in 1931 and remained a vibrant movie house until it closed in 1979.

In 1983, Helen Casey, organized the Save The Victory Theatre Inc., a non-profit organization, which was created to help reopen the theater. Despite some great successes at fundraising along the way, little has been done to help rescue the old movie house reopen.

Like Holyoke itself, the Victory is still struggling to stay alive. The old theater’s blade sign was removed in 1986 and the marquee was torn down in 1991. Although it has allowed passersby to better see its scultped facade, it is a sad reminder that the Victory has yet to emerge from its doldrums.


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” had a very long talk with Don Sanders about the outrageous cost of renovating the Victory, and where does he think $25 million is going to come from!

Well, he did most of the talking, and Don is actually a really nice guy who knows the theater business, and how to put on great shows. He also has been working hard in the background lining up the State and Federal agencies with the money to make this happen. He really does have all his ducks in a row.

The commitment needed from the community to renovate the Victory is about $1.5 million. That would get the $25 million out of the government agencies.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2009 2:49 pm

    I stumbled on this Theater one day touring Holyoke to photograph some of it’s abandoned buildings, and found out that just the day before, they had opened it to the public…It would be awesome to see it come to life again – there are not a lot of these grand old Theaters left…Plus, my band could play there!

    • mary permalink
      May 13, 2009 4:58 am

      did you see the underpass where someone spray painted Medgar Evers


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