The 2021 Shaka King film “Judas and the Black Messiah” is set in the Chicago area, but was actually shot in Cleveland, Ohio. In an early scene, Bill O’Neal, played by LaKeith Stanfield, impersonates an FBI agent and steals a car at Leon’s Bar. The real building is the Croatian Tavern.
LOCATION: 3244 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
Here is a full view of the building.
Daniel Kaluuya plays Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Fred and the Panthers meet The Crowns at this church.
LOCATION: 4015 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103
Here is a full view of the church building.
Jimmy, played by Ashton Sanders, gets into a shootout with the police at this market.
LOCATION: 6501 St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103
This building served as the headquarters of the Black Panther Party, where a major shootout scene takes place.
LOCATION: 5450 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, OH 44127
The back of the building is also seen as Bill escapes. There is an alley that runs behind the building, offering a clear view of this area.
The Menard prison where Fred gets released is none other than the Ohio State Reformatory, which is of course most famous for being the prison from “The Shawshank Redemption.” It has been featured in other films as well, however, such as “Air Force One” and “Tango & Cash.” No longer an operating prison, the facility is now run by The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, which offers seasonal tours in and around the property. We highly recommend it if you’re in the area.
LOCATION: 100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905
Fred gives his “I am a revolutionary” speech inside this church, which is only seen from interior views in the film.
LOCATION: 2131 E 46th St, Cleveland, OH 44103
Late in the film, Fred’s apartment is featured in a climactic scene.
LOCATION: 1953 W 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44102