NEA Big Read Virtual Film Screening: Lives Well Lived

Our friends at the Massillon Museum are presenting an online film screening as part of the NEA Big Read event for 2020!  More info on The Big Read can be found here:

View the virtual film screening here:

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Massillon Museum’s annual Big Read, presented in conjunction with the Massillon Public Library, is partially funded by the Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029 and The Rotary Club of Massillon.

Movie Premiere: On the Trail of Bigfoot: The Journey, presented by Small Town Monsters

The crew from Small Town Monsters debuts their latest film, On the Trail of Bigfoot: The Journey, followed by a post-movie Q&A.


On the Trail of Bigfoot: The Journey follows cryptid documentarian Seth Breedlove and his crew as they head to the Adirondacks of upstate New York for an intensive, adventure-filled week searching for Sasquatch. The team joins bigfoot researchers like Steve Kulls (“Monsterquest”) and Paul Bartholomew (Finding Bigfoot, Beast of Whitehall) who lead them on the search for their quarry.

The Journey takes a deep look into the subject of Bigfoot but also what spurs people to spend their lives searching for a creature that many believe doesn’t exist. Along the way, the crew makes a stop in Whitehall, NY, home to an incident involving multiple members of law enforcement claiming to see a bigfoot in a field off a rural road.

The crew has multiple unusual experiences during their various night investigations near Lake George, Whitehall and Western Massachusetts. The Journey unveils some of that evidence.

Preorder concessions to pick up prior to showtime.


ADMISSION: $7, all seats reserved.  Please call the box office at 330.454.8172 between 11am and 3pm Monday-Friday to reserve your seats.
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 36 minutes

CANCELLED: Mysteries & Monsters, presented by Small Town Monsters

As of March 17, 2020 this event has been cancelled.  Refunds will be processed automatically to the credit card used for purchase.


Movies, guest speakers and vendors!
Bigfoot, legendary monsters and UFOs are the subject of this special, one-day event being put on by Small Town Monsters at the Canton Palace Theatre. Take part in a special five year anniversary screening of the documentary about Ohio’s own, Minerva Monster, along with special guest speakers and films by Small Town Monsters, culminating with the world premiere of On the Trail of… UFOs.

Meet the Small Town Monsters crew and take part in a Q&A about the creation of their various film projects. Special presentations by Bigfoot investigator, Lyle Blackburn and paranormal radio host, Shannon LeGro.

Small Town Monsters films, Minerva Monster and The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear will be soon along with the world premiere of the epic, 8 episode miniseries, On the Trail of UFOs. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and speak with paranormal investigators and purchase paranormal and Bigfoot-themed merch in the vendors area.

10:30 Doors Open
11:30 Introduction by Seth Breedlove and Mark Matzke
11:40 Minerva Monster Screening, Q&A to Follow
1:30 Shannon LeGro – “Paramalgamation”
2:45 The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear, Q&A to Follow
4:00 Lyle Blackburn – “The Missouri Monster Mystery”
Dinner Break
6:00 On the Trail of UFOs Premiere, Followed by Q&A


ADMISSION: $12, general admission. $6 for “On the Trail of UFOs” only.  Kids ages 10 and under free with adult admission.  Tickets also available at the door.

2021 Malone University Open Frame Film Fest

Malone University presents the Open Frame Film Fest.

The Open Frame Film Festival is presented by the Department of Communication Arts at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Founded in 2002, The Open Frame is an annual one-night festival that features student films. The Open Frame is NOT just a festival – it’s also a student-co-curricular group that offers students support and development as they make their films.

Learn more about Open Frame.

Preorder concessions to pick up prior to showtime.

Doors Open: 6:30pm
Films Begin: 7:00pm
Admission: Free.  All seating reserved.  Please call the box office at 330.454.8172 between 11am and 3pm Monday-Friday to reserve your seats.

CANCELLED: Special Film Presentation: The Library That Dolly Built

As of March 16, 2020 this event has been cancelled.  There is no reschedule date at this time.

The Canton Palace Theatre, Stark Library and United Way of Greater Stark County present a special screening of the documentary The Library That Dolly Built.


During the last 25 years, Dolly Parton has quietly built one of the largest literacy-focused non-profits in the world. Started as a gift for the children of her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in now active in all 50 states and five countries and delivers more than 1.5 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month.

The Library That Dolly Built goes behind-the-scenes of this unprecedented program to show how one of the most famous performers in the world has developed an efficient and effective program, beloved almost universally by its recipients.

Featuring original interviews with authors, policy makers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton, The Library That Dolly Built introduces the viewer to all aspects of the Imagination Library, from how the books are selected and mailed to how the Imagination Library was originally formulated and where they expect to go in the future.

The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people it serves by sharing the stories of people like John Gibeau. Gibeau runs an Imagination Library program in rural Minnesota. His town has no library, school or bookstore. Through tears, Gibeau explains that without the Imagination Library some children in his community would not have any books.

Weaved throughout the story of the Imagination Library is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike most biographies of Dolly, it doesn’t focus on her music.  Instead it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.

Dolly has gifted her story, her music, her inspiration and her Imagination Library to people throughout the world. It is her Imagination Library, however, that will most likely be remembered as the sweetest gift of all.


ADMISSION: $10, general admission. Tickets also available at the door.
RATING: Not Rated
RUN TIME: 1 hour 8 minutes

Free Movie: “The S Word”

THE S WORD is a powerful feature documentary that puts a human face on a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. The film gives a platform to those with lived experience – people who have attempted to take their own lives and survived to tell their stories.

Join the Suicide Prevention Coalition at the Canton Palace Theatre on Sunday, March 8 at 1:00pm for a FREE showing of the film.

Presented by Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery


A suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of courage, insight and humor. Along the way, she discovers a rising national movement transforming personal struggles into action.


RATED: Documentary not rated
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 33 minutes

2021 Canton Film Fest, in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2021 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton on April 24.   All events free and open to the public – Streaming option also available.  Reservations required by calling 330-454-8172 Monday – Friday 11am to 3pm.  Preorder concessions to pick up prior to showtime.


6:00 pm             Doors Open to the public

6:40 pm             Film Equipment Product Demo Cleveland Camera

6:50pm              Kilgen Organ pre-movie concert by Jay Spencer

7:00 pm             Public Premiere:  The Enormity of Life
Movie Synopsis: After a failed suicide attempt, a man receives a substantial inheritance from a long lost relative and meets a struggling single mom with an eccentric young daughter. Together they embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing.

8:45 pm             Post film Q&A with Eric Swinderman, Director and Carmen DeFranco, Executive Producer of The Enormity of Life moderated by Michael Wendt from Cleveland Film Commission

– We encourage everyone to watch The Enormity of Life on their own in advance of the Q&A
8:30 pm             Film Equipment Product Demo Cleveland Camera
8:45 pm             Post film Q&A with Eric Swinderman, Director of The Enormity of Life moderated by Michael Wendt from Cleveland Film Commission

About Eric Swinderman
Eric Swinderman is an Emmy nominated writer, director, and producer from Cleveland, OH. His films include the 2013 anthology film Made in Cleveland, starring Busy Philipps (Cougar Town, Freaks and Geeks) and Gillian Jacobs (Community), and The Enormity of Life, starring Breckin Meyer (Clueless, Road Trip), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Giselle Eisenberg (Life in Pieces, American Housewife) to be released April 6 on Apple TV.

Swinderman has also worked as an award-winning producer at NBC and ABC. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife Hortencia and their two daughters.

About Carmen DeFranco
Carmen DeFranco is an actor and writer, known for The Enormity of Life (2021) and Sports Jeopardy! (2014).

About Cleveland Film Commission
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is a 501 private non-profit organization, also known as the Greater Cleveland Media Development Corporation. Its mission is to bring jobs and economic impact to Northeast Ohio through the growth of a sustainable media production industry. It accomplishes this goal through a rigorous program of attraction, advocacy, and workforce development. For more information visit:

Canton Film strives to recognize and support the often-overlooked creative community of Northeast Ohio by providing educational resources, networking, and opportunities to showcase the work of independent artists and filmmakers. For more information visit:

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council

CANCELLED: 2020 Canton Film Fest

As of March 19, 2020 the Canton Film Fest for 2020 has been cancelled.  Refunds for the base price of tickets already purchased will be processed at the point of sale.  Thank you., in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2020 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton on April 25.

4:30PM           Doors Open
5:00PM           Documentary Screening: Like Harvey Like Son
6:39PM           Documentary Ends
6:40PM           Q&A with Harvey Lewis
7:15PM           Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) Winning Short Films
8:45PM           CIFF Q&A
9:15PM           Event Ends

Tickets: $15 Day Pass
$10 for Like Harvey Like Son only
$5 for the CIFF films only

Community Movie: “Brian Banks”

The Mary Church Terrell Club and Simply Youth present a community movie featuring the Brian Banks story.


A football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.



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