Looking for the Victor
I found a listing for the Victor Theater in Anderson, South Carolina. I can’t find any source that mentions the Victor Theater. Our 1945 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Carolina, Criterion, Lyrie (listed as Colored), State, and Strand.
The Anderson City Directory for 1938 lists the Carolina Theatre at 203 North Main, Criterion Theatre at 204 West Whitner, and Strand at 126 North Main. The Anderson City Directory for 1953 lists the Carolina, Center at 128 North Main, Criterion, and State.
I did find a reference to a black and white silent film that was sponsored by the “Egyptian” theater in Anderson. The film, title: SCAR 8A Anderson “Our Gang”, is part of the University of South Carolina Newsfilm Collection. Another of their films, title: SCAR 5: Anderson 1935 (Part 1), mentions the “Carolina” theater.
In “The History of the Theaters in Anderson”, the videotape by Harry Osteen, there is no mention of the Victor Theater. We got this video from the Anderson County Library. Harry Osteen’s family managed most of the movie theaters in Anderson.
The only surviving downtown theater in Anderson is the ACT, thought to formerly be the Strand, which is home to the Anderson Community Theater.
Mark Tiedje and I are working on a book about the single screen movie theaters in South Carolina. We are very interested in finding a confirmation that there was ever a movie theater in Anderson named the Victor. Thanks for any help someone might give.