Clover-Leaf Drive-In

Atomic Road,
North Augusta, SC 29842

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Opened in 1951, the Clover-Leaf Drive-In was located in North Augusta, home of the huge atomic bomb site Savannah River Plant. The Clover-Leaf sold itself as, "The Drive-In on the New Super Highway to the H-Bomb Plant".

I never saw a film there but visited the site back in the late-1980’s. Part of the concession stand could still be seen, and the booth was almost like it was left when it closed in the early-1960’s.

The policy at the Clover-Leaf Drive-In was to play the main attraction twice. On March 7, 1953 they played "Annie Get Your Gun" at 6:30 and 10:15 and the second feature was, "Marine Raiders" starring Pat O'Brien. They also ran two color cartoons. Children were free, and adults were 50-cents.

The day I visited the old site I found hundreds of speaker poles that had been bulldozed off the lot, and trees had grown all around. I dragged one back because it had at least a 50 pound concrete base. I painted it red. I had some speakers from other drive-ins
so I rigged up the poles, hooked it up to my stereo, and sound actually came out.

The screen seemed to be a very nice size by looking at the base. The drive-in parked a whopping 776 cars making it one of the largest in the Augusta area. It was owned by the Georgia Theatre Company.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I guess since Augusta is a nice size city the Clover-Leaf was not in Augusta,Georgia,North Augusta,S.C. Its all Augusta pretty much here now anyways especially with THE MASTERS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Just heard from Aiken County Theatre Historian,Bill Barkley,that when the Drive-in closed in the late 50’s.He said 1955, that the 35mm projectors were shipped to the MILLER theatre in AUGUSTA .They used them until a platter system was installed in The MILLER.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Any photos anyone?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I have pictures of me visiting the site in the late 80’s. Not alot standing then.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 2, 2011 at 2:29 am

Was this drive-in located in Georgia or South Carolina?

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 2, 2011 at 3:32 am

Found the Cloverleaf, on Atomic Rd ½ mile south of US 1. The drive-in is on the west side of Atomic Rd.

Difficult to get an exact address, since there is no nearby intersection or an existing business to pull road numbers from.

Atomic Rd ½ mile south of US 1, North Augusta, SC 29842 is the best address I can provide at this time.

Here is a 1964 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

NYozoner you got it right on the money and yes it is in North Augusta S.C. almost walking distance to the Hilltop Drive-in if you had good legs.lots of Hills.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Opening feature.1953 “THE VANQUISHED”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

“FROM HERE TO ETERNITY” was shown at this Drive-in.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1201 Atomic Road.

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