Hollywood stars and creative minds alike are looking no further than Hamilton, Ohio to shoot their feature length films. The dynamic local business scene and charming streetscape in the city of Hamilton supply the tools that every filmmaker needs for period pieces, dramatic diner conversations, intense litigation in a courtroom, and so much more.
Mega-celebrities such as James Franco, Robert Redford, Josh Hutcherson, Ashton Kutcher, and Cate Blanchett have walked the streets of Hamilton and filmed scenes in the local businesses.
As a self-proclaimed cinephile, I was ecstatic at the prospect of visiting the locations some of my favorite stars have been to.
Sit where the stars have sat
Former Kostas Restaurant
Kostas Restaurant, a quintessential diner on Court Street. They provided the perfect set for a diner scene in the 2015 drama, Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Kostas embraces their film debut and proudly hangs the Carol movie poster in the booth where the scene was shot.
Jolly’s Drive-In on Brookwood Avenue, another staple of Hamilton eatery became the backdrop of James Franco’s indie thriller, Blood Heist. Specializing in burgers and world class root beer, Jolly’s Drive-In can make all of your Americana food fantasies come true. (Open Spring - late Fall)
Blood Heist was also largely shot at Columbia Lanes Bowling Alley on Pyramid Hill Boulevard. The movie production team transformed the establishment into Simon’s Funhouse. Blood Heist’s release date has not been announced yet.
A star-studded cast for an action-packed drama called Old Man and the Gun shut down High Street for two days for production. The plot centers around a true story about an elderly bank robber named Forrest Tucker, played by Robert Redford. Several cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s eras were brought in and spectators were able to see Redford commit crime in action!
Heritage Hall Museum
Tiger, a film about a boxer fighting against all odds utilized a courtroom setting located in the TV Hamilton Studio/Heritage Hall Museum building located on High Street. Heritage Hall is open for tours on Fridays and Saturdays.
Take a stroll along Hamilton’s lively streets. It’s a place that encourages imagination, creativity and inspires you to be the lead character of your own story.