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.

My Stepmother Is An Alien (1988)

The 1988 comedy “My Stepmother Is an Alien,” starring Kim Basinger and Dan Aykroyd, was filmed in Southern California. Steven Mills, played by Aykroyd, works as a scientist at this building, where he sends radio signals to space. The same building, found in Westlake Village near Thousand Oaks, was featured in the film “Demolition Man.”

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LOCATION: 1 Baxter Way, Westlake Village, CA 91362

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Celeste, played by Basinger, first arrives on Earth at the beach front property of Ron Mills, played by John Lovitz. The property, which was also featured in the TV series “Beverly Hills, 90210,” can be found in Hermosa Beach.

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LOCATION: 3500 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

The Mills house where Steven and Celeste live can be found in Studio City. The same house was featured in such films as “A League of Their Own,” “Candyman” and “Adams Family Values.” It is also located next door to one of the houses used in the film “Catch Me If You Can.”

LOCATION: 4222 Agnes Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

The front of the property has since been lined with tall hedges, obscuring the view from the street.

Celeste, unaware of how to prepare breakfast, sneaks out in the middle of the night to a diner, where she orders everything on the menu. This scene was filmed at the former Johnie’s Broiler in Downey.  The restaurant has a unique history, having appeared in many other films, such as “Heat,” “Short Cuts,” “License To Drive,” “The Game,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “One Hour Photo” and many more.  In 2007, the building was demolished.  However, Bob’s Big Boy purchased the property years later and rebuilt it based on the original blueprints and even some of the same materials.  So what stands now closely resembles what was seen in the film.

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LOCATION: 7447 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

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Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002)

In the third Austin Powers film, “Austin Powers In Goldmember,” there is a flashback to Austin’s graduation from the British Intelligence Agency.  These scenes were filmed at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. While the outside of the Greystone grounds is open daily and free to the public, opportunities to tour inside are somewhat rare.  The property is owned by the City of Beverly Hills and regularly accommodates productions and private events.  Therefore, only a few times a year is access to the inside of the estate possible.  Planning ahead is required if you’d like to see inside.

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LOCATION: 905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The interior is also seen in the film, where Austin is in bed with a woman.  The same mansion has been featured in countless films, such as “The Big Lebowski,” “There Will Be Blood,” “The Social Network” and dozens more.

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Idle Hands (1999)

The 1999 horror comedy “Idle Hands” was filmed in Pasadena, California.  The houses from the film are all located next to one another.  Anton, played by Devon Sawa, lives at this house at the corner of Madison Ave and Jackson St.

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LOCATION: 1034 N Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

Directly across the street is the house of Molly, played by Jessica Alba.

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LOCATION: 589 E Jackson St, Pasadena, CA 91104

Directly next door to Molly’s house is Randy’s house.

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LOCATION: 577 E Jackson St, Pasadena, CA 91104

Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

The party house from the 1998 teen comedy “Can’t Hardly Wait” can be found in Altadena, California.  The house has been used in a variety of productions over the years, including “American Pie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “I Know Who Killed Me,” as well as such TV shows as “The Mentalist” and “This Is Us.”

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LOCATION: 1090 Rubio St, Altadena, CA 91001

The high school seen in the film is John Marshall High School.  A regular location in film and television, it has also appeared in such movies as “A Nightmare On Elm Street,” “Rebel Without A Cause” and “Pretty In Pink,” as well as such TV shows as “Boy Meets World,” “Boston Public” and many more.

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LOCATION: 3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles, CA 90027