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 2014 Marvel sequel “Captain America: The Winter Solder” was largely filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, with some additional footage shot in Washington D.C. and California. The lobby of the Triskelion S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, where Captain America (Chris Evans) meets with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), is actually the interior of the Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106).
Captain America goes on the run with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), posing as an engaged couple as they examine the contents of a drive at a computer store inside the Tower City Center. The same shopping mall was seen in the 1994 film “Double Dragon.”
LOCATION: 230 W Huron Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113
The Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan, attacks Captain America, Black Widow and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as they drive along the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway (State Route 2). The vehicles stop near the overpass near W 3rd St / Summit, where most of the action takes place. Black Widow escapes from gunfire, leaping from this overpass down to the street below.
LOCATION: W 3rd St / Summit, Cleveland, OH 44114
The Winter Soldier jumps down onto the roof of a car in pursuit.
Captain America shields himself from gunfire in this area near Summit.
The Winter Soldier walks one block up W 3rd St to W Lakeside Ave, where he and Black Window battle in front of the Justice Center Complex.
The S.T.R.I.K.E. team arrives in front of the same building, as The Winter Soldier escapes the scene.
This is located across the street from the Probate Court of Cuyahoga County, seen on the left below, which was featured in “The Avengers.” Only the interiors of the building appear in “The Avengers,” but the exterior is seen several times in the background of this film, as Captain America and The Winter Soldier fight.
LOCATION: 1 W Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
Maria Hill manages to extract Captain America, Black Widow and The Falcon to a safe house, which was filmed at the Lake View Dam, located inside Lake View Cemetery. There are roads running by both this area and further down at the base of the dam, making it easy to get a view from the right spots. We’ve provided GPS coordinates below. This area is not far from the John Rockefeller grave.
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 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.
The 2003 film “American Splendor” tells the story of local Cleveland, Ohio legend Harvey Pekar and his autobiographical comic book series of the same name. The film was likewise shot primarily around the Cleveland area, with a few additional scenes filmed in New York City and Los Angeles. Harvey, played by Paul Giamatti, lives at this home, located in Lakewood.
LOCATION: 12962 Clifton Blvd, Lakewood, OH 44107
Harvey has lunch with famed cartoonist Robert Crumb at Shay’s Restaurant, a local favorite which is still going strong.
LOCATION: 4007 St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103
Just before Harvey enters a bakery, the Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral is seen in one of the establishing shots. The church was also famously featured in the film “The Deer Hunter.”
The bakery where Harvey runs into an old college classmate is the Elmwood Home Bakery, exactly as depicted in the film. It too is still going strong at the same location nearly twenty years after the film.
LOCATION: 15204 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107
Harvey takes Joyce, played by Hope Davis, to dinner at Gene’s Place. The restaurant is only seen from interior views in the film.
LOCATION: 3730 Rocky River Dr, Cleveland, OH 44111
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.
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.
In the 2011 film “Take Shelter,” Curtis, played by Michael Shannon, has visions of an apocalyptic storm. Curtis lives at this home with his wife Samantha, played by Jessica Chastain. The house can be found in the town of Lagrange, Ohio.
LOCATION: 41800 Biggs Rd, Lagrange, OH 44050
The house is mostly seen from a side view. The front of the home is only briefly seen in one shot when Curtis is driving.