The 2015 Todd Haynes film “Carol,” while set in New York, was primarily filmed around Cincinnati, Ohio, with some additional scenes filmed in Kentucky. Therese Belivet, played by Rooney Mara, works at Frankenberg’s Department Store, where she first meets Carol Aird, played by Cate Blanchett.
LOCATION: 151 W 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Carol’s home was also located in Cincinnati, but has since been demolished. Demolition was completed just prior to our visit to the location.
The television sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” which ran from 1978 to 1982, tells the story of a staff at a struggling radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. While the show struggled to find its audience during its initial run, it would prove to be a success in syndication, even leading to a reboot series, “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” which ran from 1991 to 1993. In the show, the fictional radio station operates out of a building known as the Osgood R. Flimm Building. The real building is known as the Cincinnati Enquirer Building, although the newspaper headquarters has long since relocated and two hotels now operate at the location.
The 1990s skating classic “Airborne” was primarily filmed around Cincinnati, Ohio and just across the Ohio River into Kentucky, with a few additional scenes filmed in Southern California. In the film, Mitchell Goosen, played by Shane McDermott, uproots from his Southern California home to Cincinnati to stay with his cousin’s family, while his parents work abroad. His cousin is Wiley, played by a young Seth Green. Wiley’s home can be found in the town of Newport, Kentucky, which is just a short distance away from Cincinnati over the state border.
LOCATION: 711 Linden Ave, Newport, KY 41071
Wiley’s house is mostly seen in brief glimpses from a side angle, but here is a full view of the home.
Mitchell begins attending school at Western Hills University High School, where he struggles to fit in with the other boys, but catches the interest of a girl named Nikki, played by Brittney Powell.
LOCATION: 2144 Ferguson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45238
Mitchell ends up taking Nikki on a date to the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati. Mitchell skates around inside the conservatory, which hasn’t changed all that much since filming took place. The property does charge an admission fee, but is open to the public.
LOCATION: 1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Mitchell and Nikki end up on another date along the riverfront of the Ohio River, with the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and Cincinnati skyline in the background. This area is known as Covington Plaza, but it has been remodeled a bit and the area where the characters stand in the film was actually off to the left of Covington Plaza.
LOCATION: Near 1 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011 (GPS coordinates: 39.090460, -84.511880)
Mitchell and Wiley go on a double date at this restaurant in Newport, Kentucky, where Nikki’s brother Jack, played by Chris Conrad, spoils their evening. Outside, Mitchell and Wiley get into an argument. Inside, there is a sign for the film, featuring autographs from the cast and crew, but it was closed at the time of our visit. The same restaurant was famously featured in the film “Rain Man.”
LOCATION: 600 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071
The parking lot hockey game, where Mitchell finally wins over his classmates, was filmed at the Longworth Hall Parking Lot in Cincinnati.
LOCATION: Longworth Hall Parking Lot, W Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
This climax of the film is when Mitchell’s classmates are challenged by a rival crew to an inline skating race down what is known as “Devils Backbone.” While there is a real Devils Backbone Rd in Cincinnati, the version seen in the film is a composite of multiple roads scattered around Cincinnati and Kentucky. The race first begins on the street in front of 7012 Springdale Rd Cincinnati, OH 45247 and continues past this intersection.
LOCATION: Fairview Park Rd / Ravine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
They continue past this building.
LOCATION: Sycamore St / Dorchester Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202
As the race winds down, the skaters make their way into the city.
LOCATION: Near Wareham Dr / Van Meter St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
They head into this pedestrian overpass on the right.
Mitchell jumps his way down these stairs on the other side of the overpass.
LOCATION: Near Gilbert Ave / E Court St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
After passing through the former Riverfront Stadium (201 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202), which has since been demolished, the race finally ends at the intersection of Broadway / Ohio River Scenic Byway, Cincinnati, OH 45203.
For even more “Airborne” filming locations, we recommend this excellent video from Going To the Movies, which extensively covers most of the locations and uncovers a couple previously unknown spots as well.
The 2016 thriller “A Kind of Murder,” starring Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel, is set in New York, but actually filmed in Southern Ohio and Kentucky. In the film, Walter and Clara Stackhouse, played by Wilson and Biel, live in this home which is located in Cincinnati.
The 1994 comedy “Milk Money” was filmed around Cincinnati, Ohio. In the film, a young boy named Frank, played by Michael Patrick Carter, lives at this home with his father Tom, played by Ed Harris.
LOCATION: 1330 Hayward Ct, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Frank’s school can be found about one block over from the house. Both locations are easily within walking distance from one another.
LOCATION: 1339 Herschel Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Frank and his friends travel to the city, where they end up meeting a prostitute named V, played by Melanie Griffith. V brings the boys back to her hotel, which was filmed at the Fort Washington Hotel in Cincinnati. The large sign is gone, but the building otherwise still looks similar to how it appeared in the film.
LOCATION: 621 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tom and V kiss in from of an ice cream parlor, which is located in Lebanon, about 30 minutes north of Cincinnati.
LOCATION: 22 S Broadway St, Lebanon, OH 45036
The same ice cream parlor was seen in the 1978 film “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
The interior can be seen as some confused locals are under the impression Tom and V are siblings.
The building across the street is also seen briefly in the film. Tom and V are out for a date and run into one of the families of Frank’s friend. The father has clearly been a past client of V and the encounter ends awkwardly, with V leaving.