SHAMOKIN — Those of a younger generation who are unfamiliar with Shamokin’s history may not be aware of, or appreciate, the fact that a National Historic Landmark and ornate movie palace once stood at the corner of Diamond and Independence streets, where a Rite Aid parking lot now is situated.

For 83 years, from 1917 to 1999, the Victoria Theatre was the indisputable and iconic face of the west end of downtown Shamokin, and everyone saw it when driving by along Route 125 (Market Street) or upon entering the city.

Grego is a reporter at The News-Item and a grandson of Karl Bowers.

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I will always remember watching mortal Kombat there and then going up on the stage and doing karate moves! My father was also in the restore the Vickey committee. I remember towards the end of it's life they turned it into a haunted walk through.

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