Cloverleaf Drive-In

5425 Warner Road,
Valley View, OH 44125

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Cloverleaf Drive-In

Located in Valley View to the north in Independence. The Cloverleaf Drive-In was opened around 1952 when it was operated by Al Ochs. By 1955 it was operated by Allen Shaw. I remember that the last year the Cloverleaf Drive-In was in business (1984), the owners, who became born again Christians, started showing Christian-themed films, with free admission, and a freewill offering made at the concession stand.

Earlier, there was controversy regarding the Cloverleaf Drive-In, mainly over the showing of R-rated films in full view of the road…the screen at the old Cloverleaf was fully visible from Canal Road, Granger Road and Warner Road, and many parents had to sheild their kids' eyes from the screen while they drove past the drive-in.

However, the Christian films lasted only one season, and the Cloverleaf Drive-In closed for good by the fall of 1984.

A small shopping center, as well as several buildings, now vacant, that once occupied a flea market/farmers market, occupy the site of the Cloverleaf Drive-In now.

Contributed by Toby Radloff

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 7, 2005 at 8:45 am

Columbus still has a Free Christian Drive-In. It has been running for at least 35 summers, and is a unique operation that deserves its own entry here.

raydeas on May 13, 2006 at 5:41 am

Thank Goodness the Big Boy is still accross the street!. Remember the back of the screen was a huge clock with Coke Bottles for hands?
My fondest memory was seeing “Night of the Living Dead” with a date and my 11-year-old sister in the back seat—turning around and grabbing and nibbling her arm at just the right moment during that film. I’m sure she remembers, though perhaps not so fondly!

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Drive-In 54 on July 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Uploaded aerial from 1952

TomMc11 on May 2, 2018 at 9:14 am

I was very familiar with this drive in, not because I went there, but because my Grandmother lived in Garfield Heights, just up Warner road off of Garfield Boulevard. Back then, Interstate 77 ended at Rockside Road and there was no I-480. You had to take regular roads from that point, roads that ALWAYS went right by the Cloverleaf. I do remember seeing some interesting titles on the Marquee that involved Nurses at one time. I do not recall actually ever seeing anything on the screen, I think my parents took the long way around when going home.

jwmovies on April 8, 2019 at 1:37 am

A more accurate address for this theater is now 5425 Warner Rd Cleveland, OH 44125. This points directly to the entrance road. Note: Part of the entrance road that went behind the screen is still visible by the trail.

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