The Acadiana Center for the Arts on Vermilion Street downtown is set to break ground Thursday on a state-of-the-art — pun intended — 300-seat theatre. The structure will go up in the lot currently occupied by the abandoned LBA bank drive-thru adjacent to the ACA building.

The space will feature all the amenities of a world-class performance space, including high-definition audio/visual systems, a flexible floor plan to accommodate myriad types of performance art, studio-quality “silent” air conditioning and a design meant to maximize acoustics.

ACA staff envision a wide range of activities in the space, including traditional drama performances, dance, film screenings and daytime children’s workshops.

The ground-breaking ceremony will be conducted from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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