Updated: May 18

News Release: 

HOLYOKE, MA – MIFA Victory Theatre is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Historical Commission has determined that the Victory Theatre meets the criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  

“It is the opinion of MHC that the Victory Theatre meets the criteria of eligibility for the listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level under Criterion A for its association with the social, recreation/entertainment history of Holyoke and Criterion C, as the theater is the last historic theater remaining in Holyoke, that features work of well-known architects (Mowll and Rand) and artists (Vincent Maragliotti).”

The application with this recommendation has been forwarded to the US Department of the Interior National Park Service for final determination and listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of historic places worthy of preservation. Listing in the National Register (NR) recognizes historic properties that are significant to our communities, our state and our nation. The NR is a federal program of the National Park Service, administered in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC). The NR recognizes unique and irreplaceable historic resources that give a sense of time and place to our downtowns, neighborhoods, village centers, and rural landscapes, and contribute to our communities’ character, making Massachusetts a special place. NR listing is an important preservation planning tool that encourages preservation.  

This complex process, which has taken five years to achieve is key to the restoration and reopening of the theater by providing formal recognition of the building’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance and qualifies the Victory Theatre Project for Federal Historic Tax Credits.

“Receiving the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s recommendation is a great day for us. It’s a grand endorsement that the outside world recognizes what proud Holyokers have always known that our city and its history are worth preserving and like the Victory Theatre can bring new economic life” – Don Sanders, MIFA Victory Theatre Executive Artistic Director.

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