The Final Scene is the fifth game in the Nancy Drew adventure series. Released on November 7, 2001, it is based on Nancy Drew Files #38: The Final Scene.

In this game, Nancy races against the clock to find her kidnapped friend in a St. Louis theater set to be demolished.


Search a darkened movie theater to free a hostage from her captor's dangerous plot!

Nancy's high school friend, Maya Nguyen, who is now a reporter for Washington University's paper, has invited Nancy to the Royal Palladium Theater in Saint Louis, Missouri to help her interview the star actor in a new movie, Brady Armstrong. His movie, Vanishing Destiny, will be the final premiere at the theater before its demolition. However, when Maya gets kidnapped just seconds after entering Brady's dressing room, you, as Nancy Drew, are now plunged into a desperate race against the clock. With the theater being torn down in just three days, can you outwit the kidnapper and rescue your friend before the wrecking ball flies? Or will this be Maya's final scene?

  • Learn about Harry Houdini and his magic tricks
  • Explore the inner workings of a historical theater
  • Coordinate with the police and local groups to save a landmark theater

Characters Edit

Brady ArmstrongEdit

Brady is the star of Vanishing Destiny, the final film to premiere in the Royal Palladium. Maya was supposed to interview him before her kidnapping.

Simone MuellerEdit

Simone is Brady's agent. She's focused on his career and success and doesn't hesitate to exploit situations for publicity.

Nicholas FalconeEdit

Nick is the leader of the activist group HAD IT (Humans Against the Destruction of Illustrious Theaters). Stationed inside the theater, he's campaigning for its preservation. However, he seems to have a reputation for taking drastic measures to preserve theaters.

Joseph HughesEdit

Joseph is the theater's caretaker, who works in the projection room and looks after the theater.

Phone FriendsEdit

The phone is located in the ticket booth.

Bess Marvin and George FayneEdit

Bess and George are cousins and both are good friends of Nancy. They can give her advice on her case.

Ned NickersonEdit

Ned is Nancy's boyfriend, and also offers her advice and hints.

Eustacia Andropov Edit

Eustacia is an elderly woman who is Harry Houdini's cousin by marriage. Nancy can call her to hopefully find a way to prevent the Royal Palladium theater from being knocked down, given that Harry Houdini had half ownership of it.


  • The voice actress of Maya is uncredited.

Continuity Edit

Foreshadowing Edit

Secret of the Scarlet Hand Edit

  • The cover of the ending magazine has a story on "mysterious red handprints".

Main/recurring character revelations Edit

Allusions Edit

  • Brady Armstrong seems to be a parody of several late 1990s/early 2000s "male heartthrobs", such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp.
  • The poster of Homeboy'z Nu' Groove parodies the poster of The Emperor's New Groove.

Goofs Edit

  • The hidden contract found by Nancy (with a third of the theater going to Louisa Falcone) seems to be accepted as legally binding. However, it should not, as Falcone did not sign it.