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Senate passes Kennedy, Johnson bill to save Liberty Theatre in Eunice

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U.S. Sen. John Kennedy

The Senate today passed the Save the Liberty Theatre Act, which Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced in the Senate and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) introduced in the House. The bill would allow the city of Eunice to restore its historic Liberty Theatre and is on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk.

“The Liberty Theatre is a historic part of Eunice’s culture. The Save the Liberty Theatre Act will cut through bureaucratic hurdles so that Eunice can restore this century-old part of their community. It was a pleasure to work with Congressman Johnson to preserve this jewel of Acadiana,” said Kennedy.

“With a proper restoration, this special landmark will be enjoyed for generations to come. I commend Senator John Kennedy for so capably guiding this bill through the Senate and we look forward to President Biden’s signature,” 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 would grant Eunice full ownership of the theater property so that the city can begin restoration efforts.

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