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🚨ACTION At The Victory Theatre🚨

Exciting developments have been happening at the Victory since our last update!

See all the progress completed so far:

News Article: Victory Theatre rehab in Holyoke nears key hurdle, as bid docs for $71M project nearly ready

Daily Hampshire Gazette


Staff Writer

Published: 06-30-2024 3:00 PM

HOLYOKE — Construction bid documents for the $71 million planned rehabilitation and reopening of the 1920 Broadway-style Victory Theatre in downtown are expected to be finalized by the end of summer — a good sign for a project that many believe will be transformational for the region’s arts scene and serve as an economic catalyst for Holyoke: READ MORE

Photo Credit: Don Sanders, executive director of MIFA Victory Theatre, shows the Tiffany glass windows inside the Victory Theatre building. FOR THE GAZETTE/DAN LITTLE

Video: Holyoke Development and Government Relations Committee on 6/6/2024

MIFA Victory Theatre Executive Artistic Director Don Sanders, Victory Theatre Project Manager Susan Palmer, Matt Jacobs Barr & Barr Construction Manager, Brad Foster Accountant, Fleur Kuhta Administrative Assistant present to the Committee in response to community questions about the Victory Theatre Project.

Development and Government Relations Committee contact page:

Item 5: 2-6-24 From David Weinberg, communication regarding Victory Theater

Item 6: 6-4-24 MiFA response to Mr. Weinberg's letter and addendums

🚨Exciting News: Action at the Victory Theatre🚨

MIFA Victory Theatre Project Construction Team, architects Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels (DBVW), and project construction team Barr & Barr have devised a strategy for the next steps in the Victory Theatre restoration and set forth a plan of action. Here is what has been completed so far:

Drone Photos by Odeh Engineers

Construction Team:

DBVW/ Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects

Barr & Barr

Rivet Roofing

Ryan LLC

Odhe Engineering

Barbara Sokoloff Associates

Newsletter April 26, 2024:

Newsletter December 8, 2023:

Newsletter November 14, 2023:

Victory Theatre Mural Restoration Complete




HOLYOKE, MA - MIFA Victory Theatre is excited to announce the Victory Theatre’s historic murals restoration project is complete. Expert restorationists Evergreene Architectural Arts of New York City fully restored the two 23-foot-tall Vincent Maragliotti WPA murals on April 8, 2024. Evergreen’s team moved the murals back to Holyoke masterfully implementing and overseeing their protective storage where they will await reinstallation.  The mural's completion is a key step in bringing us closer to a reopened theater.  A future public exhibition of the completed murals is in development, stay tuned. 

“What a wonderful achievement for MIFA and the City of Holyoke. A significant piece of the city’s history has been preserved for future generations. The mural restoration represents a terrific cooperation between MIFA and the Community Preservation Act Committee, among other donors, and a special shoutout should go to Kip Foley and Meagan Magrath (CPA Committee Chairs), and their committees, and to Michael J. Sullivan for making this happen.” 

-  Don Sanders, MIFA Executive Artistic Director

Full Press Release here: Restoration Complete


Press coverage:

Historic murals restored at Victory Theatre in Holyoke

By SCOTT MERZBACH, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Published: 04-19-2024 3:17 PM

Restoration of Victory Theatre murals complete

by Trent Levakis | May 7, 2024 | Hampden County, Holyoke, Local News, The Reminder

Holyoke holds 3rd annual ‘Doors Open’ event to celebrate 150th anniversary

"HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - This month marks Holyoke’s 150th year anniversary. The city celebrated Saturday by hosting the 3rd annual Doors Open Holyoke event. It began this morning around 9 a.m. and wrapped up at noon.

Doors Open invites the community to see behind the doors of places not usually open to the public.

It connects residents to local places of historical, cultural, and architectural significance. This year, some of the locations included in this event were the Victory Theatre, H.H. Richardson Station, the Holyoke Fire Department, and more." - Copyright 2023. Western Mass News (WGGB/WSHM). All rights reserved.

MIFA Victory Theatre announces a $1 million grant from community philanthropists!

Long-time MIFA supporters John and Elizabeth Armstrong recently pledged a

$1 Million Dollar Gift to the Victory Theatre Project!

"The generosity the Armstrongs have shown MIFA Victory Theatre is beyond words. They bestow such uplifting support for the arts in our community, and MIFA is lucky to call them friends." - Donald Sanders

Summer Soirée

On Wednesday, July 26, 2023, a summer soirée was held at the home of MIFA friends Betsy and Bruce McInnis in honor of MIFA Victory Theatre.


Consulate General of France in Boston Tours the Victory

Victory Theatre Mural Exhibit

Western Mass Delegation Visit Victory Photo Gallery

By Don Treeger | 


Holyoke Victory Theater project gets support from Western Massachusetts legislators

Updated: Jan. 23, 2023, 7:28 p.m. | Published: Jan. 23, 2023, 7:21 p.m.\

By Dennis Hohenberger | Special to The Republican 

HOLYOKE – “This isn’t a Holyoke project. It’s a Western Massachusetts regional project,” Mayor Joshua A. Garcia told a delegation of state legislators who visited the long-shuttered Victory Theater today. “I’m hoping we can be strategic and specific and focused as possible to figure out how to close (the funding) gap.” READ MORE 


Victory Theater tour brings hope for Holyoke arts, economic development

WWLP22 News, January 23, 2023

Mayor Joshua Garcia of Holyoke explored one of his city’s most pleasant possibilities on Monday.

Business West: A Year In Review  

Year In Review

By George O'Brien, December 23, 2022

Victory Theatre Project Gains Momentum

Holyoke officials and groups involved with the arts have been engaged in efforts to try to revitalize the historic Victory Theatre for more than 40 years now. And while this initiative still has a ways to go before it can cross the goal line, some significant progress was seen this past year...

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