In Downtown Canton, Ohio, a standing room only crowd welcomed the opening of Harry Harper Ink's million dollar vaudeville and movie palace on Monday, November 22, 1926. The American public was enjoying the Charleston craze and motion pictures featuring such screen stars as Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. The Theatre was a gift to the community from Canton entrepreneur and industrialist businessman Harry Harper Ink. He owned the canton based Tonsiline Company, makers of a cough syrup formula marketed in a unique giraffe shaped bottle. The two giraffe plaques located above our proscenium arch are reminiscent of this motif.