For more than one hundred years, the Canton Theatre has taken center stage on East Main Street in the historic district, delighting audiences with the latest in entertainment opportunities.
The movie theatre first opened its doors in 1911, featuring silent movies and magic lantern slide shows. By 1920, the prominently located theater had new owners and was called the Bonita and later the Haven. First-run movies such as Singing Fool, starring Al Jolson, delighted those in attendance.
By the late 1930s, the Martin-Thompson Theatre Company owned the theatre and named it the Canton Theatre. The movie house was decorated in the elaborate Art Deco style of the day, with rich red velvet hangings and the latest equipment. Neon lights inside and out showcased the popular offerings.
After the theatre fell into disrepair in the 1980s, the city of Canton eventually acquired it in 1997 and restored it to its 1930s grandeur.