New Brunswick

For sale: Shediac's movie memories

Movie buffs craving an open-air cinematic experience unfortunately may soon have another Maritime drive-in theatre to cross off their lists.

Movie buffs craving an open-air cinematic experience unfortunately may soon have another Maritime drive-in theatre to cross off their lists.

The NeptuneDrive-in, on about 4.5 hectares of prime real estate nearthe downtown core of tourist-laden Shediac, N.B., is up for sale.

The drive-in theatre, which is about a half-century old,is one ofa shrinking numberin the province. Others in Neguac and Sussex plan to be open for next year's showings. Last summer, Bathurst's Bayview drive-in closedfor good.

Neptune's owners are asking for more than$1 millionfor their drive-in, and depending on who buys in, the sale could spell the end of the historic theatre.

Unfortunately for movie fans, the land has plenty of appeal for countless commercial or tourism ventures.

Shediac Mayor Raymond Cormier says the town would like to save the theatre for posterity, but can't afford the asking price.

"I'm sure many people would like to save the drive-in. Many people grew up at the same time I did and have the same memories as I do."

Many people of a certain age in southeast New Brunswick made happy memories at the Neptune Drive-in. But in a world of MP3 files and digital video cameras, a trip to the old drive-in theatre is seen as an archaic novelty.

If the Neptune has shown its last film, Cormier says some family traditions will likely die too.He watched movies from the comfort of his car as a teenager, a father and now a grandfather.

"Being at the drive-in with your grandchildren, and seeing movies on the same screen as you did40 years ago, it's nostalgic. "