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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Road Trip to the Canton Palace Theater – The Blob (1958)


It’s been a while since I did one of my road trip reports for the blog but it is that special time of year. In addition to the upcoming zombie movie marathon in October I’m going to have a lot of screenings and events to write up. While it is still September the fun has already started with the Canton Palace Theater showing a screening of the classic fifties science fiction romp The Blob.

The screening was on Friday so all day at work I was getting more and more amped up. This movie is one of my favorites and I had never seen it on the big screen before. Sure, it was digital and not on film, but there was still going to be an audience of likeminded fans to enjoy it with. The added fun was seeing it in a classic movie theater like the Palace. Seeing a sixty-year-old movie in a venue that was open more than thirty years before it was made is too cool. I was so ready for the day to be over but did the responsible adult thing until quitting time.

You know there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing the fun, so I invited a carload of my friends to come with me. The usual suspects were involved as I drug Sean, Bubbles, and Broud out with me. Bubs hadn’t seen the movie in years and the other two hadn’t seen anything other than snippets over the years. Yeah, I had two Blob virgins with me! That was awesome. I picked them up and piled them in my Nissan for the forty-five-minute drive to Canton. We arrived with plenty of time to spare and grabbed snacks before finding our seats. This allowed us to enjoy the pipe organ music before the show started. The Palace still has its original organ and they play it before the events. Here they even snuck in the catchy and silly theme song to the Blob. Bravo guys that was awesome.

Sean, Bubbles international man of mystery, and Broud
The Blob is a great flick and I’ll write up a review for the actual movie someday for the blog. I’m not going to rehash it here other than to mention that Steve McQueen is awesome, and the creature is legendary. Seriously if you haven’t seen the movie do so this October. It is a perfect flick for Halloween and is family friendly, so it won’t scare the little ones too much. That is all I’ve got to say about it.

As is my habit after the movie we stopped at IHOP. It is on the way back home and I love pancakes after my horror! Though I didn’t actually get them this time, instead going for some bacon and eggs. Why am I talking about food? Well I’m fat and this is my blog, so you get what you get. This is also a chance to kick back and talk about the movie and see what the guys thought. They all enjoyed the flick and the theater. Only Bubbles had been there before when we went to the Twilight Zone Fest, check the write up here. This was a new place to the other two and they enjoyed it. I think I might have created a couple of fans for the Palace Theater. That makes me happy.

Love the pipe organ!
We also talked about some of the upcoming events including a killer screening of Night of the Living Dead next month that we are planning on checking out. There is also another Three Stooges fest and Twilight Zone event as well. My Octobers are very busy with conventions, movies, and other spooky stuff but it just isn’t complete without at least one trip to the Canton Palace Theater. If you live in the area you should check out the website at https://www.cantonpalacetheatre.org/movies to keep up with their events.  

All in all, this was another fun night at the movies and a great way to kick off my Halloween. If you haven’t realized it yet by reading the blog I’m all about the spooky stuff and this is my favorite time of the year. Time for the next big event… Cinema Wasteland!


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