Completed in 1940 and owned by Lauve Bodin Entertainment, the Teche was the most luxurious theatre in South Louisiana with structured glass, terrazzo floors, modern air-conditioning and state of the art projection and sound equipment. The first feature film was “Charlie Chan in Panama.”
In 1968, the theatre was leased to Aubrey Lasseigne and underwent a complete restoration. By the late 1980s, attendance dropped significantly and the Teche closed its doors. In the late 1990s, the City of Franklin purchased the building and leased it to the board of the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts.
After completing another refurbishment, the building reopened in 2002 as a dinner theatre. Today, Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts hosts plays, musical entertainment, seminars and special events for the community. Events are held throughout the year.