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.

In The Heat Of The Night

The Sparta Police Station from the television series “In the Heat of the Night” can be found in Covington, Georgia.  The building is located next to the Covington town square, sometimes referred to as the “Hollywood of the South,” where countless other productions have been shot, including “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Cannonball Run,” Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II” and many more.  This same building was also used as the Forest Green County Sheriff Department in “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.”

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LOCATION: 1174 Monticello St SW, Covington, GA 30014

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Here is a paver for the show.  Covington places these in the sidewalks as their version of a walk of fame, celebrating the shows and stars who have filmed there.  There are also pavers for actors Carrol O’Connor and Alan Autry from the show.

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Halloween II (2009)

For Rob Zombie’s 2009 sequel, “Halloween II,” various towns in Georgia were used as a composite for the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois.  The opening scenes of the film, however, used footage from the first film for Smith’s Grove Sanitarium.  The location is a Veteran’s Hospital in North Hills, California.  There are quite a number of buildings on site and it can be tricky finding the exact spot used in the film. To locate it, you must first turn onto Puller Rd.  Each building has a large number on it.  A bit down Puller Rd, you’ll see the building from the film, which is building 4.  It can be easily identified by the long wall surrounding the yard in front of it.

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LOCATION: 16111 Plummer St, North Hills, CA 91343

The story picks up moments after the first film, even though the two productions took place far across the country from one another.  Laurie walks the streets of the town square of Covington, Georgia, which has been seen in dozens of productions, such as “Doctor Sleep,” “Cannonball Run,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “The Vampire Diaries” and many more.  This shot is from Covington Square, looking toward the courthouse.

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LOCATION: 2101 Washington St SW, Covington, GA 30014

The Myers house can also be found in Covington, not far from the town square.

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LOCATION: 2166 Conyers St SE, Covington, GA 30014

Sheriff Brackett’s house can be found over in Newborn, Georgia.  The house sits far back from the road.

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LOCATION: 1981 Broughton Rd, Newborn, GA 30056

Back in Covington, Laurie comes across a new book by Dr. Loomis at a local bookstore.

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LOCATION: 1113 Floyd St NE, Covington, GA 30014

The Haddonfield Police Department is actually a courthouse, located in Madison, Georgia.

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LOCATION: Morgan County Court House, Madison, GA 30650 (at the corner of Hancock St / Jefferson St)

Last, but not least, we leave you with Rob Zombie’s star paver, located in Covington, Georgia.  Sometimes referred to as the “Hollywood of the South,” Covington began their own walk of fame, lining the sidewalks with engraved pavers noting the many stars and productions that have graced the town.

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Related articles: Halloween (2007), House Of 1000 Corpses (2003), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), 3 From Hell (2019)