Super 8 (2011)

The 2011 J.J. Abrams film “Super 8” is set in the fictional town of Lillian, Ohio, but was primarily filmed in Weirton, West Virginia. Weirton is located on the Northwestern tip of West Virginia and is just minutes away from both the Ohio and Pennsylvania borders. Joe Lamb, played by Joel Courtney, lives with his father Deputy Jackson Lamb, played by Kyle Chandler, at this home.

LOCATION: 144 Fernwood Ave, Weirton, WV 26062

The boys attend Lillian Middle School. The real building is actually a church.

LOCATION: 3900 Brightway St, Weirton, WV 26062

Joe’s friend Charles Kaznyk, played by Riley Griffiths, lives at this home. In the film, the home is seen as being located just across from Joe’s house, which is accurate.

LOCATION: 200 Crystal Ln, Weirton, WV 26062

Joe eats with his father at Carol’s Diner, where his father tries to persuade him to enroll in a summer baseball camp, away from his friends.

LOCATION: 3101 Main St, Weirton, WV 26062

The home where Alice Dainard, played by Elle Fanning, lived has since been demolished. The home in the background, however, still matches up with the shot seen in the film.

LOCATION: 256 Ave F, Weirton, WV 26062 (now demolished)

Later in the film, a large monster wreaks havoc on the town and the military is deployed, turning the neighborhood into a battlefield. As explosions light up the night, tanks can be seen on S 20th St and Mineral Ave. In the area where a tank rolls through a playground, a house has since been built. The boys are seen running into Kathy’s house to seek refuge, at the top of the hill in the foreground, on the corner of S 20th St and S 17th St. No home actually exists there, as it gets largely destroyed in the film. It was entirely added by the production.

LOCATION: S 20th St / S 17th St, Weirton, WV 26062

At the climax of the film, metal objects from the town are pulled by a magnetic force to the top of a water tower. No tower actually exists at the location, this was another visual effect. The surrounding buildings all match up, however. Some of the paintings on the sides of the buildings are even the same as they appear in the film. The same area is seen earlier in the film, when the boys are riding their bikes down the street. This area is located very close to the Carol’s Diner location seen earlier in the film and the camera store the boys visit is on the left side of the street at 3061 Main St, Weirton, WV 26062.

LOCATION: 3073 Main St, Weirton, WV 26062

If you find yourself in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or Northeast Ohio, be sure to make a stop in Weirton. It is located less than an hour from Pittsburgh and most of the filming locations are in a small, concentrated area.

The Kings Of Summer (2013)

The 2013 coming of age comedy “The Kings of Summer” was filmed entirely in Northeast Ohio. Joe Toy, played by Nick Robinson, lives with his father Frank, played by Nick Offerman, at this house located in the town of Lyndhurst. After some family disagreements, Joe and his friends decide to leave and build their own home out in the woods.

LOCATION: 4867 Edsal Dr, Lyndhurst, OH 44124

The Chagrin River is seen several times in the film as Joe rides his bike down Cleveland St. In another scene, the boys are walking through the water.

LOCATION: 218 High St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 (as seen from Cleveland St)

Joe attends school in Chagrin Falls. The high school and middle school are on the same property and the area seen in the film is actually the middle school at the rear of the property.

LOCATION: 342 E Washington St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Patrick, played by Gabriel Basso, lives with his parents at this home in North Royalton.

LOCATION: 13940 Quail Oval, North Royalton, OH 44133

The pipe where the boys drum with broken tree branches and dance was featured prominently, both in the film itself, as well as the marketing campaign leading up to its release. While it appears to be a remote location, the spot is not as difficult to find as you might expect. It can be found in Whitesburg Park in Chagrin Falls. We’ll explain how to reach it.

LOCATION: Whitesburg Park, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 (GPS coordinates approximately: 41.440071, -81.380063)

These final two photos are not shown in the film itself, rather they are included here in an attempt to illustrate how to get to the above location. To reach the pipe, you simply drive down High St, which is initially a paved, residential street. If you continue down it, the road becomes unpaved and will lead you straight to the trailhead. It’s not a particularly far drive and there are some unmarked parking areas available. The ground can get muddy, however, so be mindful of weather conditions. If you take the road until it dead ends, you’ll be pretty close to the right spot. There’s a couple different trails in that vicinity. The one pictured below is on the left side, just before the road dead ends. This is what the trailhead looks like on the ground, the GPS coordinates are approximately 41.439869, -81.380259. If you proceed ahead on the trail, the pipe would be in the woods on the right side and you can start to see it pretty quickly.

However, the easiest way to identify it is by simply continuing straight up the trail until you reach this pedestrian bridge. It is only a couple minutes walk from the trailhead and it directly overlooks the area of the pipe where the scene was filmed. It is a good spot for photography and recommended to those not wanting to wander off the trail. The park seemed safe from our experiences, with many people from the community out walking the trails. The pipe is within sight of the main trail, so you don’t need to walk far to reach it. However, going off trail of course presents possible hazards, such as loose debris on the ground or any of the usual risks involved in roaming around the woods, so proceed at your own risk.