Newberry Drive-In

882 Wilson Road,
Newberry, SC 29108

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Jeff1 on December 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Grand opening: Saturday, August 21, 1948 showing the movie “It’s a Pleasure.” (from Newberry Observer, Friday, August 20, 1948)

Jeff1 on December 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm

The last Newberry Observer ad for the Newberry Drive-In Theater appears to have been on Friday, May 8, 1953; no other ads found after that date.

Jeff1 on November 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

I talked to a Newberry resident whose family owned property next to where the Newberry Drive-In Theater was and she verified the Theater was at what is currently 882 Wilson Road, where the Newberry Electric Cooperative is.

A May 2, 1952 Newberry Observer article has a front page headline reporting that Mrs. Brown was found “not guilty” in magistrate’s court for the 5th time on the charge of showing movies on Sunday at the Newberry Drive-In Theater. In March the owners of The Ritz Theater (Theo “Dutch” Albrecht) and the Wells Theater (Fulmer Wells) had gone before city council asking if they could open on Sunday to better compete with the Drive-In. After hearing from many preachers, the city said no.

Jeff1 on February 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I looked at some Newberry city directories today at the Newberry library: 1952 directory lists Newberry Drive-in as operated by “C. Kenner and Rook P Brown” (P would be for Purcell) and address is only listed as “cut-off” near Adelaide St extension.“ "Cut-off” is 1950’s speak for “Highway 76 Bypass, ” now Wilson Road. That would put it near the old National Guard Armory as has been mentioned previously. Only other directories for that time period are 1948 and 1957 and the drive-in is not listed in either one so it may have been open only a short time or it may have just been left out of those directories.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Thanks Jeff,I could only do so much from Augusta.I do have picture of it way after it had closed.

Jeff1 on February 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I talked to an 83 year old Newberry resident the other day and he said the Newberry Drive-in Theater was owned by a woman named Rook Purcell (a member of a prominent Newberry family), was near the old REA building (as has been mentioned previously), and closed before 1960.

Ken220 on October 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I got together with another friend who grew up in Newberry and is older than me. We all knew about the Cloverleaf and I had a vague memory of the Newberry Drive-In. This guy confirmed that it was out past the national guard armory and he said that he believed that it was owned by the Whitaker family.

Ken220 on September 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I have a vague memory of the Newberry Drive-In. I seem to remember that it was on US 76 toward the National Guard Armory. I checked with a friend who also lives in Newberry and he didn’t remember it. He then checked with another guy and this guy said that it was near the old REA building on Hwy 76. He said that the drive-in backed up to property that his grandmother owned.

I was checking some old newspapers and found an ad for the Newberry Drive-In Theatre. It was in the Newberry Observer dated February 22, 1952. “Red Canyon” starring Ann Blyth, Howard Duff, and George Brent was playing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s movie was “Katie Did It” starring Ann Blyth and Mark Stevens. When I checked a 1961 edition of the Observer, there was no ad for the Newberry Drive-In.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 10:07 am

Thanks Bob,Seems like you and Chuck1231 have the best source materials.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I THINK it was open from ABOUT 1950-1975? Someone should check those dates and find it’s address.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Any more info would be great.