Cap-Haitien, Versailles,
Complexe Versailles, a venue with a movie theater and ballroom in Cap-Haitien on Oct. 19, 2023. Photo by Onz Chery for Go West Now

CAP-HAITIEN — Kimberly Feltus first watched I Love You Anne, the blockbuster Haitian movie from the 2000s, at Complexe Versailles in 2017. At the time, the high school senior recalls, people in flashy clothes trickling in before the start of the movie, filling up the entrance. One year later, Versailles closed.

“Versailles was Number One for the city of Cap-Haitien,” Feltus, 23, said as he sat in the parking lot of the two-story beige building. “Because you couldn’t go anywhere and not hear people talk about the programs there, the movies.”

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for Go West Now. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining Go West Now in 2019.