Article in the Amherst Wire, by Patrick Hoff, December 15, 2015.
“In its heyday, the Victory was the conqueror, arguably the most successful theater in Western Massachusetts. With 2,500 seats covered in silk produced by Holyoke’s Skinner Silk Mills, the Victory was a palace of a playhouse, costing $1 million to build. Its proscenium stage configuration brings seats closer to the stage in a fan-shape, giving an unobstructed view from anywhere in the auditorium. But the Victory changed over completely to a movie theater in 1931 when it could no longer stand against the changing media landscape…“