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Shamokin not only lost 3 theaters and mainstay bussness' but lost an amusment park and a skating rink to make way for a bigger school and a high class neighborhood for the teachers and doctors, yes progress can be good but not when it destroys history. There was a baseball park calld Maysville which is a over grown field ready for developement and alot of MLB & NLB players came from that park. Now downtown historical Kutztown is facing death ‘cuz the collage wants to expand and make student housing, Gettysburg is looking at moderizing, so I can’t agree with you more on whats going on.
The only thing I like for progress is that a junkyard was bought cuz of to many DEP fines for wastes etc. and is being utilized for a shopping mall across from Wal-Mart instead of destroying fresh land or destroying history.
I have to admit that the Vic looked to be awsome in its day and I would love to see it still standing if i could have it my way. I love old buildings like that with history.
And the person who owned let it die purp. A heater was donated to heat the place, money granted,and so forth all was pocketed heater sold seats sold and then ran.
So in came Rite-Aid bought the Vic, JC Penny’s ( which was open yet)
made a damn parking lot in that location, then proceded in buying out Sun Ray Drugs ( could make a department store in for it’s size ) and Jupies restarant next it and put their store there. Insted of using the old Woolsworth building 2 doors down from their original location which is about the same size of what they built.
So Rite-Aid took 1 block and ahalf and killed the Vick and other store fronts instead. And it’s a shame ‘specailly when it was regesterd and not protected by the historic preserv.
I Know I helped demolish the ol’ gal and read the reports in our papers and I still hate myself.
I am shocked to see this listed, Shamokin is never looked at for anything but it’s coal mine hey days. I don’t know much about this theater but did know that it was a place to go besides the other to theaters in town that are gone. I don’t recall the name of the one theater but the other was the Victoria or Vick as the old timers called it. Wendy’s fast food now sits where the Capital once stood, the other two I’ll explaine later if its on the list.