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New Iberia's Essanee Theater receives restoration grant

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Posted at 9:26 AM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 10:26:00-05

The City of New Iberia has received a $50,000 National Park Service grant to restore the historic Essanee Theater located on Iberia Street.

The grant was awarded by the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development.

Built in 1937, the Essanee Theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 as a contributing resource to the Downtown New Iberia National Register Commercial Historic District.

The grant will provide for the restoration of the theater marquee to a previous design based on historic photographs (c.1952). Those restorations will include:

  • Marquee restoration (housing and lighting)
  • Replacing the metal ceiling under the canopy
  • Modifying the exterior masonry at the canopy to install flashing
  • Restoring the canopy supports
  • Electric upgrades for the marquee

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