May 13 2021
WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) today introduced the Save the Liberty Theatre Act of 2021, which will allow the city of Eunice to restore its historic Liberty Theatre.
“The Liberty Theatre has delighted both the people of Eunice and tourists for decades. This historic theater has hosted silent films, live bands and other entertainment over its beautiful history. I’m thankful to partner with Congressman Johnson to introduce the Save the Liberty Theatre Act of 2021 so the city of Eunice can cut through the red tape and get this Cajun gem up and running again,” said Kennedy.
“The Liberty Theatre has been a staple of Louisiana’s Cajun community for nearly 100 years, and today, I am proud to be joined by Senator Kennedy in introducing legislation to allow the City of Eunice to proceed with its efforts to restore the theatre as an important center of culture and tourism. With a proper restoration, this special landmark can be enjoyed for generations to come. I will be working with my colleagues to make sure this bill gets the consideration it deserves in the House of Representatives,” said Johnson.
The National Park Service owns a section of the Liberty Theatre that provides a handicap accessible entrance, but this ownership interest in the property is hindering efforts to restore the theater. The Save the Liberty Theatre Act of 2021 would grant Eunice full ownership of the theater property so the city can begin restoration efforts.
Text of the Save the Liberty Theatre Act of 2021 is available here.