Palace Theatre (Canton, Ohio)
Front Facade, facing Market Ave.
|Location||605 Market Ave., N., Canton, Ohio|
|Area||Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|NRHP reference No.||79001949|
|Added to NRHP||April 26, 1979|
Designed by John Eberson, a prominent architect specializing in movie palaces, the Palace is an atmospheric theater that opened in November 1926. Money for its construction was donated by a Canton industrialist, Harry Ink, whose firm became prosperous by producing "Tonseline", a medication for sore throats; the Tonseline logo was a giraffe with a bandaged throat, and such a giraffe was included in the interior design. In its early years, the Palace hosted a wide range of events: besides ordinary films, it hosted vaudeville performances and other stage productions, and numerous community events at the Palace placed it at the center of Canton society.
Built of brick with elements of terracotta, the Palace is a rectangular Churrigueresque building with a garden-themed main auditorium; its ceiling features elements designed to convey the sense of night and dawn, together with numerous stars, and the auditorium has a capacity of 1,509. The facade is divided into sections of varying width, two on each side of a vertical sign rising above the rest of the building; all sections rise to numerous pinnacles. A central marquee shelters the zone under the vertical sign and beneath the two sections adjacent to the sign. Windows are placed near the base of the two sections on the sides of the facade.
The Palace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, qualifying both because of its architecture and because of its place in community history. Its historic status has been employed during events such as a 2012 fundraiser, during which its operators sought to raise more than $1 million to fund improvements to its utilities and its facade. Besides ordinary theater events, the Palace has hosted ghost hunters seeking the spirit of a young woman who was murdered in the theater in the 1930s.
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- Palace Theater, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2010-02-18.
- Porter, Akilah. "Canton Palace Theatre's Transformation, WKSU-FM, 2012-11-19. Accessed 2015-01-03.
- "Ghost Hunters to Converge on Palace Theatre", The Repository, 2011-09-28. Accessed 2015-01-03.
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