Read This: Lack of 35mm film, replacement parts putting hurt on America’s drive-ins [w/poll]

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Drive-in movie theaters turn 80 years old this summer, and, soon, they might die of old age. There are only 360 drive-in theaters left in the US – down from 4,000 at their peak in 1958 – and the 35-millimeter film projectors that they use to screen movies are quickly losing support from studios, which have switched to digital methods of capturing pictures.

Remember the four-foot poles with speakers built in? You’d pull your car up to it, park, and open your windows to listen to the movie. Well, there’s only one company left that makes parts for those speakers, and they don’t support surround sound. And the cost to upgrade the projectors to digital systems is prohibitively expensive. James Kopp, manager at the Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, Virginia, says he was quoted nearly $140,000 to make the switch to digital, The Washington Post reports.

Pennsauken, New Jersey, was the first US city to build a drive-in, yet there are no more of them in the state. As gloomy as it looks, there are drive-ins trying to make the switch to digital projection systems, and there are ones that already have. But as drive-ins fall further from our minds, the question is, do people care?

Read The Washington Post article, and tell us what you think in the poll below.

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Video: Over 100 spectators hurt at Brazilian race as bleachers collapse

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Stadium Collapse

Brazilian bleachers collapse injures 100 – Click above to watch video after the jump

According to The Daily Telegraph, over 100 spectators watching a race were injured in Brazil when a section of bleachers collapsed. Around 500 spectators were observing at a drag race in the Brazilian city of Quatro Pontes when the structure gave way. Six people were immediately taken to the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the incident, and two of those are still in critical condition.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident, though structural faults are believed to have been the cause. Click past the jump for a video of the collapse, but be warned, the images may be upsetting for some viewers.

[Source: The Daily Telegraph via Jalopnik]

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