Nu-Way Drive-In

Route 11-15,
Hummels Wharf, PA 17831

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Nu-Way Drive-In

The Nu-Way Drive-In was opened in 1948. By 1953 it was operated by M.L. Spiegelmeyer. In 1955 it was taken over by Comerford Theaters Inc. It was located on Route 11-15 between Selinsgrove & Sunbury.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Laddie on March 16, 2009 at 2:10 am

Closed in the early to mid 1970’s, was vacant for a few years up to the late 1970’s and was still intact. Eventually all the buildings, ticket booth, projection house/concession and projection screen were demolished. The screen was unique, not the typical open metal structure but a wood framed cement or plaster structure that was occupied by a flock of pigeons as I remember opening a door leading into the stucture after it closed.

I recall the structures (ticket booth & screen),had an art deco theme.

Towards the end, the drive in was showing porn I recall, maybe soft porn?

The land was backfilled and leveled, sat empty for 15 years or so before the land was sold, a Wal-Mart now occupies the site.

jwmovies on October 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 980 North Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870.

chiaroscuro on December 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Anyone remember the colors of the marquee in the photo?

TheThing on October 19, 2013 at 2:54 am

I thought the Nu-Way closed in the 70’s too, but by the looks of the films playing in that picture, I would guess this was taken in 1979 or 1980, I saw Escape From Alcatraz at the Fox Theatres in the mall when it was released, possibly the Nu-way was showing it long after. Up in Smoke is 1978, which is even older. Might have been around the time it closed? I read 1979 but I do not recall.

I think the colors of the marquee were white and turquoise with stainless steel trim. The ticket booth was similar, very art deco.

Wish I took pictures, I even walked around the property just right after it closed. Part of the paved entrance road remained after the ticket booth location remained up until Wal-Mart was built.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on October 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

yep, had to have closed in late ‘79 or '80. Escape from Alcatraz came out in '79

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on October 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

very cool marquee!

dallasmovietheaters on January 3, 2018 at 10:22 am

The local paper says the Nu-Way opened in 1948 and was purchased by the Comerford Theatre Circuit in 1955. Comerford installed a 60x120' screen for the 1956 season to show widescreen films.

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