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Drive-in theater to debut in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) -- What is being billed as Russia's first-ever drive-in movie theater opens in Moscow on Thursday, complete with a restaurant and a bar.

The cinema in Moscow will have room for up to 110 cars, and the ticket price will include food and drink, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. The latest Russian and foreign films will be shown.The scheme appears aimed at Moscow's wealthy upper class and is unlikely to start a fad in the rest of the country. Traditional cinemas have seen their business plummet because many Russians lack money for entertainment. The cash-strapped Russian film industry produces few new films, and videos -- especially pirated versions -- are comparatively cheap.

In the United States, only about 500 drive-ins remain nationwide from the once more than 4,000, according to the United Drive-in Theater Owners Association.