Haiti's capital gets 1st movie theater in years

Lauded as sign of revival, 1st movie theater in years launches in Haiti's capital

Haiti's capital gets 1st movie theater in years

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The first movie theater to operate in the Haitian capital in years has opened its doors, a sign of revival in a city shattered by natural disaster in 2010.

The Triomphe had been closed since 1988, but was rehabilitated with more than 700 plush seats, a digital sound system, and two screens. It boasts a hall for concerts and plays.

President Michel Martelly inaugurated the revamped theater on Friday, with dignitaries and dozens of local artists on hand.

Port-au-Prince had roughly 30 cinemas in the 1970s. But they all closed amid political turmoil and rampant bootlegging of movies with pirated DVDs and videotapes.

Musician and playwright Jean Jean-Pierre on Monday said the Triomphe's reopening was "very exciting."