Volunteering at the Canton Palace Theatre

You may not be aware of this, but most of the staff at our movies and events are volunteers who give of their time and energy to make sure that Palace happenings go off without a hitch.  Some of them have been around for many years; they almost seem like part of the Palace’s history.  Many are new to Canton or to the downtown scene, and were just desiring a way to give back to the community and get connected to Canton’s glorious past and exciting future. Regardless, all of these hardworking, generous and energetic individuals are part of the story of keeping our Theatre going.

Volunteers are needed every weekend (Thursday-Sunday) and occasionally during the week, depending on the event schedule.  Shifts usually begin at 6:30 PM, and generally last for 2-3 hours.

And the perks are great!

  • You get to see various live events and movies for free.
  • You have the opportunity to earn free movie passes.
  • You get an invitation to our annual banquet, with great food, fun and award for volunteer efforts.
  • You get to be a part of a passionate and exciting non-profit organization, doing its part to keep a bit of Canton history alive.
  • You may possibly become involved on the Board or professional staff down the road; many of the personnel who now lead the Palace started as volunteers!

Will you consider being part of the Palace story by volunteering with us?

Volunteer Form

Please complete the form below and someone will contact you with more details about serving with us and getting you set up for a training time.

Concession Stand Worker

Our concession stand needs 4-6 volunteers per event.  You’ll work on a team of people to make sure that our patrons have all the snacks and treats they need.

  • Serve drinks and candy to patrons before movies and events.
  • Manage the cash drawer, and tally sales with the House Manager at the end of each shift.
  • Making popcorn (Training will be provided to anyone who wants to use the popcorn machine, 16 years and older only).

Box Office Attendant

Our center box office requires one attendant for every film. We’re looking for someone with a pleasant and inviting way about them, who can work well under a bit of pressure.

  • Sell tickets to patrons before each film.
  • Manage the cash drawer, and tally sales with the House Manager at the end of each shift.
  • Honor memberships and other special deals / coupons that are used by patrons.
  • Be a good “first face” to the public on behalf of the Palace Theatre.

Ticket Taker

For each film shown at the Palace Theatre, we require one ticket taker.

  • Check tickets at the door before each film.
  • Marking off any discounts / movie passes used by patrons.
  • Assisting the House Manager with general lobby clean-up.


Ushers assist patrons in finding their designated seats or sections for events.

  • Check patron tickets for seat locations.
  • Show patrons to their seats.
  • Hand out programs if needed.
  • Communicate with the staff and volunteers to settle any ticket/seating discrepancies.

If interested, please contact Laura Strader at 330-454-8172 x 302 or laura @ cantonpalacetheatre.org or simply fill out the volunteer application.


The Canton Palace Theatre hosts students each semester to serve as an intern in the Business and Box Office.  Please read the job description. For more information, please contact Laura Strader at laura @ cantonpalacetheatre.org.

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