Liberty Theater

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By Harlan Kirgan
Editor
Eunice aldermen honored former Mayor Curtis Joubert with a proclamation that also names the entrance to the Liberty Theater for him.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said the signage at the theater will be a way for the city to remember Joubert, who was instrumental in reviving the theater.
Alderman Chad Andrepont read the proclamation written by Joel Savoy at Tuesday’s city meeting.
The proclamation stated, “Mayor Curtis Joubert was largely responsible for transforming the Liberty Theater into a nationally and internationally known showcase and emblem of our local and regional music and culture; and ... regularly promoted involvement with the Rendez Vous des Cajuns and other programming of the Liberty Theater; and made a point to personally welcome visitors arriving to the theater at its entrance at the intersection of Park Avenue and South 2nd Street.”
“I remember Mayor Joubert from growing up as a kid here in Eunice. The thing I remember most about him is him being at the Liberty, in front of the Liberty constantly promoting everything that had to do with the Liberty Theater,” Andrepont said.
Savoy, who heads the non-profit Association for the Liberty Theatre of Eunice, said the group received its IRS tax-exempt status.
He also said an all-day strategic planning session was held to solidify the vision for the theater. Community stakeholders were surveyed as part of the planning, he said.
Other business at the city meeting included:
— City crews have about 60% of the Hurricane Delta debris cleared from city streets, Mayor Scott Fontenot said. FEMA will pay 75% of the cost of removing the Hurricane Laura debris from the city.
— The Eunice Kiwanis Club is not holding a Christmas parade this year, but KEUN radio plans one at 5 p.m. Dec. 3.
— The city’s museums on CC Duson are open Wednesday through Saturday.
— After a traffic study where will be no change at North 10th Street and West Vine Avenue.
— Liquor licenses for 2021 were approved. The city received $16,180 in fees.
— Show cause hearings are scheduled next month for properties at 331 Pierotti Street, 600 E. Peach Ave., 610 E. Peach Ave., and 330 E. Ash Ave.
— Condemnation was ordered for 241 Childs St.

Board adopts proclamation to honor Joubert

Eunice aldermen honored former Mayor Curtis Joubert with a proclamation that also names the entrance to the Liberty Theater for him.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said the signage at the theater will be a way for the city to remember Joubert, who was instrumental in reviving the theater.
Alderman Chad Andrepont read the proclamation written by Joel Savoy at Tuesday’s city meeting.

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Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

Joubert vision helped lead rebirth

Curtis Joubert couldn’t have been elected mayor of Eunice at a worse time. He took office in 1981, just as a crumbling oil industry began to drag south Louisiana into a financial pit worse even than the Great Depression.

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Keeping a cultural landmark

The effort by a nonprofit group to revive the Liberty Theater in Eunice is significant not only because it will preserve a historic building and the programs that have been staged there, but also because it recognizes the value of south Louisiana’s culture in one of the first places to catch on to that concept.
Curtis Joubert, as legislator in the 1960s and mayor in the 1980s, was one of the first to see both the historic and economic worth of preserving and building upon the traditions of his community and the surrounding area.

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Joel Savoy and Patricia Dossman talk about renovating the Liberty Theater in Eunice. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Aldermen approve Liberty revival

The Liberty Theater is poised for a renewal after the Board of Aldermen approved Mayor Scott Fontenot to complete an agreement with a non-profit.
Cajun musician Joel Savoy spoke at the Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen’s meeting. Savoy leads The Association for the Liberty Theatre of Eunice.
“We all know what the Liberty used to be like. What it did for downtown Eunice and the Cajun culture,” Savoy said. “Last October, I learned that the National Park Service had pulled the plug or was about to pull the plug on their years of support at the theater...”

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Joel Savoy

Reviving the Liberty

Musician Joel Savoy is to present a proposal at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting for a non-profit to revive the Liberty Theater.
Savoy spoke at Thursday’s meeting where the mayor and Board set the agenda for the meeting scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in the Eunice Municipal Complex.
Hurricane Delta was forecast to make landfall Friday and Mayor Scott Fontenot referenced the upcoming Tuesday meeting as likely, but dependent upon the storm’s impact.
Savoy was representing The Association for the Liberty Theatre of Eunice.

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