Palace Theatre

605 Market Avenue North,
Canton, OH 44702

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Palace Theatre

In downtown Canton, Ohio, a standing room only crowd welcomed the opening of Harry Harper Ink’s million dollar vaudeville and movie palace on Monday, November 22, 1926.

Designed by the famed Atmospheric style theater architect John Eberson, the Canton Palace Theatre duplicates a Spanish courtyard on a midsummer night. The ceiling, a starry sky with wisps of clouds, creates a dream effect for the audience to enjoy.

Doomed by the advent of television and a period of neglect and decay to Canton’s downtown area, the Palace Theatre’s doors were locked to the public and the marquee darkened on its 50th anniversary in 1976.

Rescued from the wrecking ball by a group of concerned citizens and the City of Canton, the Palace Theatre was held in trust until The Canton Palace Theatre Association could be formed. The building reopened in 1980 and the restoration of the theatre has been ongoing since. To date, approximately $4.0 million has been spent to restore the building.

The majestic Palace Theatre is once again the heartbeat of the Canton community and plays host to over 300 events per year that has an attendance of over 100,000 per year.

The theatre shows movies, art films, and many types of live talent events.

The theatre is now listed on the National Register for Historic Places.

Contributed by Kris Furlan, Lisa K. Holl

Recent comments (view all 47 comments)

RickB on August 7, 2008 at 1:12 am

Unfortunately, Forbes magazine is calling Canton one of America’s ten fastest-dying cities. But they did use this nice picture of the Palace in their slide show:
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Patsy on January 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Lost: As you may recall, I have toured this beautiful theatre and met the manager, Rob who is “CantonPalaceTech”.

Patsy on January 29, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Lost: No, unfortunately not. There was a reason, but I don’t recall at the moment why. I do recall seeing this theatre from top to bottom though.

Patsy on January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Lost: I must have seen this organ on the stage in front of a red curtain so this must be the mysterious white organ that I remember seeing in a theatre somewhere and that somewhere was the Palace in Canton Ohio!

Patsy on January 30, 2009 at 2:24 am

Yes, a welcome relief!

kencmcintyre on February 1, 2009 at 3:09 am

Here is some recent renovation news:

Patsy on February 1, 2009 at 3:58 am

ken mc: Thank you for posting the above information about this theatre and its needs in the 21st century. I hope and urge anyone in or near the Canton OH area to consider attending their fundraiser event, “An Affair to Remember” fundraiser which will help support the Palace. As I’ve mentioned before…I’ve seen this theatre from top to bottom and it is an Eberson beauty still standing proud on Market Street in downtown Canton.

MPol on February 4, 2009 at 12:59 am

What a wonderful-looking theatre! Glad to hear/read about this theatre’s fund-raising/restoration opening, and that it wqs saved from the wrecking ball. All the best of luck to the theatre staff, and the City of Canton, Ohio.

Patsy on February 4, 2009 at 3:24 am

I had forgotten that the infamous wrecking ball was close to being in this theatre’s past. Thank goodness it is still with us though amazed at the cost to heat such a building in today’s economy. That is why it is so important to have theatre fundraisers, etc.

MichaelPSmith on June 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

The Canton Palace is one of the finest theatres in both Ohio and the United States. The city of Canton and Stark County is very proud. Was personally involved in restoring the wonderful “Kilgen” pipe organ still played during performances.

CAPT Michael P. Smith USN (Ret.)

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