Rain Man (1988)

The 1988 Barry Levinson film “Rain Man,” starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, was shot across numerous states, including Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma, Nevada and California. Early in the film, Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) learns his estranged father, Sanford Babbitt, has passed away. Charlie visits his father’s house, which can be found in Cincinnati (5 Beech Crest Ln, Cincinnati, OH 45206). Raymond (Hoffman) almost correctly states the address as “Beech Crest Street” in the film, but with a different house number. The house remains there today, but is located on a private road.

Charlie learns his father’s estate has been left to his brother, Raymond, who is living at the Wallbrook Institution. The long drive leading up to the building was immortalized on the film’s poster.

LOCATION: 1000 St Anne Dr, Melbourne, KY 41059

Here is a look at the main building seen in the film, where Charlie parks. The real property is actually a the St. Anne Convent. There are no gates and the entire outdoor grounds are freely accessible.

Here in the main entrance seen in the film, with the sign above to door modified to say “Wallbrook” in the film.

Raymond heads back into the building to watch The People’s Court on television.

This area is seen next to where Charlie’s car is parked.

Charlie and his girlfriend Susanna, played by Valeria Golino, stop a hotel, which can be found in Cincinnati.

LOCATION: 400 Oak St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Charlie and Raymond stop at this restaurant in Newport, Kentucky, where Charlie realizes Raymond has savant syndrome. The same payphone Charlie uses is still located inside the building, but it was closed at the time of our visit. The restaurant was also featured in the film “Airborne.”

LOCATION: 600 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071

Susanna’s apartment can be found in San Pedro, California.

LOCATION: 1435 S Beacon St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Charlie’s house can be found in West Hollywood.

LOCATION: 1599 Sunset Plaza Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (as seen from Evanview Dr)

Charlie takes Raymond for pancakes at this restaurant, which is no longer known as the Pink Cadillac Cafe, but still serves breakfast.

LOCATION: 8221 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048

Charlie meets with Dr. Gerald Bruner, played by Jerry Molen, to determine if Raymond is mentally capable of choosing for himself where he wants to live. This scene was filmed at Wattles Mansion and Gardens in Los Angeles. The home is owned by the City of Los Angeles and is open to the public, regularly hosting special events. It is mostly seen from interior views in the film. The mansion has appeared in many films, including “Troop Beverly Hills,” “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Queen of the Damned,” “My Family” (“Mi Familia”), “Ghoulies,” “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” “The Lost Empire,” “A Better Life,” “Knock Knock 2” and many more. It has also appeared in the TV shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The O.C.” and “Scandal,” as well as the Diana Ross music video for “Eaten Alive”.

LOCATION: 1824 N Curson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

In the final scenes of the film, Charlie brings Raymond to the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center, to return him back to the Wallbrook Institute. The same location was featured in the film “Memoirs of an Invisible Man,” as well as the second season of “True Detective.”

LOCATION: 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701

They walk through the lobby area here.

They continue out the doors on the right to the train tracks outside.

They are seen passing this staircase.

Here is the area where Raymond boards the train.

Traffic (2000)

The 2000 Steven Soderbergh film “Traffic” depicts the international drug trade in the United States through three storylines. The production shot in quite a few different places, including Cincinnati, Ohio, Washington, D.C., El Paso, Texas, San Diego, California, Mexico City, Mexico and more.

In the film, Robert Wakefield, played by Michael Douglas, a is a conservative Ohio judge appointed to head the National Drug Control Policy. However, Wakefield faces a losing battle with his own daughter’s addiction problems. The Wakefield home can be found in Cincinnati, Ohio.

LOCATION: 1242 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208

The Ayala house, where Carlos Ayala, played by Steven Bauer, lives with his wife Helena, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, can be found in La Jolla, California. While the house itself was not modified for the film, the production changed property to appear to have a false front yard and entrance gate to the right. In reality, the home faces directly toward the street and there is no gate.

LOCATION: 7757 Whitefield Pl, La Jolla, CA 92037

Here is a view closer to what is seen in the film, with the road depicted as the home’s front yard and gated driveway. A wall was added to cover the fact that it was part of the road. In one scene, Helena approaches two DEA agents parked in a van, Montel Gordon (Don Cheadle) and Ray Castro (Luis Guzman), who are surveilling her home and offers them beverages.

Helena meets with Francisco Flores, played by Clifton Collins Jr., to arrange an assassination of a witness against her husband. The two meet inside the Botanical Building at Balboa Park in San Diego. At the time of our visit, the building was closed off for renovation, so we were unable to enter. The same building is briefly seen in “Citizen Kate.”

LOCATION: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Francisco Flores attempts to assassinate Eduardo Ruiz, played by Miguel Ferrer, in a parking lot next to some municipal buildings in Downtown San Diego. The parking lot is located along Front St between W B St and W A St.

LOCATION: Near Front St / W B St, San Diego, CA 92101

Here is a view through the fence of the parking lot.

Unbeknownst to Francisco Flores, he himself is the target of a second assassin from the window of this building, facing W A St and overlooking the parking lot.

LOCATION: 1300 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101 (facing W A St)

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Carol (2015)

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.

LOCATION: 2581 Grandin Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (now demolished)

WKRP In Cincinnati

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.

LOCATION: 617 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Airborne (1993)

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.

A Kind Of Murder (2016)

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.

LOCATION: 7900 Rollingknolls Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45237

Milk Money (1994)

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.

LOCATION: 27 S Broadway St, Lebanon, OH 45036