The Canton Palace Theatre, opened in 1926, currently features cutting edge independent, foreign and documentary films on Thursday evenings and popular, newer-release films on the weekends. With the industry mandated digital conversion coming at the end of December 2013, the Theatre must covert from 35mm to digital cinema in order to continue showing films in this unparalleled atmosphere. Our 21' x 46' silver screen, one of the largest in the County, will go dark without the funding in place to purchase the equipment we need.
The Theatre was designed by the noted Austrian-born architect, John Eberson of Chicago, who achieved fame during the 1920s through his creation of "atmospheric" theatres located in cities across the United States. The Palace seeks to re-create a Spanish courtyard on a midsummer night. Its ceiling, a starry night with wisps of clouds, creates a dream effect. The Palace still has the original cloud machine that makes the clouds march continuously march across the sky. The Theatre includes an ornate columned proscenium arch over its stage, an elaborate fly system for the numerous stage curtains and theatrical backdrops, eleven dressing rooms, a chorus room, a musician's lounge, a music room, one shower room, and an orchestra pit with seating for eighteen musicians.
What We Need & What You Get
Hollywood's switch from 35 mm film to digital movies is imperiling our ability to continue to show films, which has been a part of the Canton Palace Theatre’s history since its inception.
The cost of this complete digital conversion is $80,000. This includes the purchase of the server needed to receive the film file, the projector to show the films from our projection booth, retrofitting the existing projection booth for the removal of the old equipment and the installation of the new equipment.
The community has rallied behind the Palace numerous times since its reopening in 1980. Now is the time to ensure our ability to show films for many, many years to come and allow future generations to create the memories.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that not everyone is able to donate funds to our project, we hope you can help us by spreading the word to your friends, family, co-workers or anyone who will listen via our campaign site indigogo.com.
Executive Director, Canton Palace Theatre Association