Liberty Center for the Performing Arts

100 West Park Avenue,
Eunice, LA 70535

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Liberty Theatre ... Eunice Louisiana

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The Liberty Theatre originally opened in 1920 on Second Street, but moved to its current location four years later, as the New Liberty Theatre. This theater could seat about 1,000, and cost $110,000 to construct. The exterior is sometimes described as Sullivanesque, while the interior is now mostly the result of a 1930’s Art Deco style remodel.

When it opened in 1924, the New Liberty Theatre was called “Southwest Louisiana’s Premier Temple of Amusement” and boasted running water and “typhoon-cooled” air as well as several dressing rooms for the live acts which would appear onstage in addition to movies in the Liberty’s early decades.

Among those to have appeared live at the theater over the years were Fatty Arbuckle, the Bowery Boys, Lash LaRue and Tex Ritter.

Today, beautifully restored and renovated, and called the Liberty Center for the Peforming Arts, the theater hosts a variety of live performances, and is home to both the Eunice Community Concert Band and the Rendez-Vous de Cajun radio and television show.

The Liberty Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and is on the National Trust’s Guide to Great American Movie Houses.

Contributed by Bryan

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DonLewis
DonLewis on March 16, 2008 at 5:56 pm

A 1986 photo of the Liberty in Eunice.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987

Liberty Theatre (added 1987 – Building – #87000177)
Also known as Liberty Center for the Performing Arts
200 W. Park Ave., Eunice

Historic Significance: Event
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Owner: Local Gov't
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture

The address should be 200 West Park Avenue.

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