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Yeah, Rain Man definitely filmed here

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Here’s a compilation of screen shots from the 1988 film “Rain Man” starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and photos of some of the locations, taken by me.

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge / Cincinnati – Covington

Here is a scene where they are crossing the Roebling Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky:

Crossing the Roebling Bridge between Ohio to Kentucky

Here is a photo I took of the bridge:

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge / Cincinnati - Covington Bridge

Pompilio’s Restaurant – Newport, Kentucky

There was a scene filmed at Pompilio’s Restaurant. Here is the exterior from the film:

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

I took this photo last year. It looks so much less barren now!

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Here’s the interior of the restaurant, a scene when they are ordering their pancakes from their waitress: Sally Dibbs…Dibbs, Sally. Interestingly, Bonnie Hunt also played another Sally, the Porsche in Pixar’s Cars!

I made an odd observation. If you look carefully, the floor and furniture look so much the same, but yet…different. The chairs were switched from green to red, and the floor was switched from red to green…

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Here’s a scene from the movie looking from the bar into one of the rooms of the restaurant (from above).

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

A close up of that dining room

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

The bar in the background

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

The Hearthstone Inn & Cabins – US 52, Metamora, Indiana

This scene where Raymond wouldn’t go out in the rain was supposed to take place on US 60 somewhere in Missouri. In reality, it was filmed at the Hearthstone Inn & Cabins on US 52 in Metamora, Indiana.

This first screen capture, from the movie, is of the restaurant to the left, and the cabin Charlie and Raymond are staying in is to the right (you can see the Buick in front of it)

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Here is a shot of the restaurant from 2005. Where it says “The Hearthstone Restaurant” in the following photo, was where the cabin sat perpendicular in the movie (the restaurant buildings have been added onto).

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

This screen capture from the movie is essentially the same scene from above, only this is supposed to be the next morning. Also, you can see a number of small cabins up on the hill in back.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Here is a closeup of the cabin, which now sits up on the hill, in front of the little cabins.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Here is a farther away shot of where the cabin sits now, behind where it was in the movie, and facing US 52.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

In this scene inside the cabin, Charlie’s impatience is growing as Raymond refuses to go outside in the rain. Note the neon restaurant sign in the background, just to Charlie’s right. That is the Hearthstone Inn sign, which sits along the north side of US 52 in Metamora, Indiana. The view out of this cabin is southeast.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Hearthstone Restaurant - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

The Big 8 Motel – US 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Finally, the rain ends and back on the road they quest. Their next stay is at the Big 8 Motel, billed as “Amarillo’s Finest.” Actually, this motel was located in El Reno, Oklahoma.

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Unfortunately, sometime after the movie, the property was sold and it became the nondescript “Deluxe Inn.” The beautiful neon sign was gone, the building had a horrendous paint job, and it was anything but deluxe…the condition of the motel in the movie was pretty good, but by the time I passed through in August 2000, it was in decline. It continued to worsen until the motel closed and was finally demolished.

Deluxe Inn - Route 66, El Reno, OK

The gentleman in the screenshot below was the real owner of the Big 8 (he was in at least one Route 66 documentary I have seen). Under his ownership, the Big 8 was in good shape, but after he sold it, in started to decline.

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Deluxe Inn - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

The following screen captures show the location of their room, 117. Nice touch to have room numbers in neon tubing above the doorways.

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

The room number was still 117, but all of the neon tubing was gone.

Deluxe Inn - Route 66, El Reno, OK

Guthrie, Oklahoma

The scenes filmed in Guthrie were as Charlie stopped (again) to use a phone booth to conduct business, Raymond leaves the car and attempts to cross a street in search of K-mart. Halfway through the intersection, the “walk” sign changes to “don’t walk,” prompting Raymond to stop in his tracks, disrupting traffic and forcing Charlie to seek medical / psychiatric help…probably as much for himself as Raymond.

Arriving in town…heading east on Oklahoma Avenue from the west end of town

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Oklahoma Avenue, just west of Division Street

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Oklahoma Avenue and Division Street

This scene was filmed with Raymond walking north on Division Street at its intersection with Oklahoma Avenue (our view is to the south).

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Raymond is still facing north on Division Street, while we are looking east down Oklahoma Avenue

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Charlie takes Raymond to a doctor

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

The above scene was filmed inside this space in the building at the northeast corner of Oklahoma Avenue and Division Street. Raymond is sitting in front of the window that diagonally faces the intersection.

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

You can see the building in the photo below is visible in the window behind Raymond, which is located on the southwest corner of Oklahoma and Division (it’s the same building he passed when he first crossed the street).

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

All of the above scenes in Guthrie were filmed very compactly at this corner, or steps away.

November 2008: Cincinnati, Ohio….the Neon Shangri-La

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We’re planning for our next trip, a 4 day weekend to Georgia. We originally planned for Thanksgiving weekend, then Pat asked if I could go sooner (i.e., this weekend). No sooner did I arrange for Friday and Monday off work, when I received an e-mail from our friend, Denny Gibson, from Cincinnati. Another roadie friend, Don “RoadDog” from the American Road Magazine Forum that we moderate, was going to be passing through Cincinnati and they were planning on going to the elusive American Sign Museum. Elusive, that is, to Pat and me – we never seemed to be in Cincinnati at a time when the owner / founder was available to give a tour.

However, the sign museum now has regular hours (every Saturday from 10-4) and Denny wanted to know if we wanted to join them for the day. I immediately said yes and canceled my 2 days off (back to Thanksgiving weekend for that trip…so stay tuned!).

We met up with Denny and Don for breakfast at The Echo Restaurant, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. This neighborhood looked familiar – a short while back, Pat and I had driven down to pick up some Danny DeVito’s Limoncello, which I couldn’t get in Indiana.

Union Terminal - Cincinnati, Ohio

After breakfast, we drove to downtown Cincinnati and then over to Union Terminal, which primarily serves as the city’s Museum Center, housing a Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, and Natural History / Science Museum. They have a free tour of the terminal, which we took. It is an extremely impressive Art Deco building, completely evocative of the era. The terminal was saved from near destruction with its current use, after having had a short life as a mall. The decline of rail travel in favor of automobile travel led to the diminished use as a train station. There was no passenger service from 1972 to 1991, when service was resumed. Very few trains run through here, as the museum complex is the building’s primary usage.

Union Terminal - Cincinnati, Ohio

We then headed over to the American Sign Museum. All I can say is “wow.” Complete roadie heaven! Here are a few photos…see my links at the bottom of this post for more.

American Sign Museum - Cincinnati, Ohio

American Sign Museum - Cincinnati, Ohio

American Sign Museum - Cincinnati, Ohio

American Sign Museum - Cincinnati, Ohio

After the sign museum, we had an early dinner at Terry’s Turf Club. The burgers and fries were great! More neon awaited us there too.

Terry's Turf Club - Cincinnati, Ohio

Terry's Turf Club - Cincinnati, Ohio

Afterward, Don and Denny were going to catch some live music, but Pat and I needed to head back to Indy, so we said our goodbyes and headed home.

For more photos from this trip here are a few slide shows:

November 2008: Cincinnati, Ohio

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American Sign Museum – Cincinnati, Ohio

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Union Terminal – Cincinnati, Ohio

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September 2007: Cincinnati, Ohio

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Slideshow of All Photos

For more details about a particular photo, click on it in the slideshow and it will open in my Flickr site.

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