Spotlight: Carol Film Locations in Cincinnati

Last spring, Cincinnati transformed into 1950s Manhattan for the filming of <i>Carol</i>, the Todd Haynes–directed Oscar contender about a May-December lesbian love affair starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett. In light of the film’s release last month, we got to wondering: How does Queen City reality translate to NYC high-society in the Nifty Fifties?
Eden Park

Photograph by Evan Sgouris

Eden Park
In the movie:
A wintery Christmas tree farm, featuring Cate Blanchett in a fetching fur coat.
In reality: The depicted shop is actually the park’s restroom building. It’s a good spot for engagement photos, but please, don’t cut down any trees.

 

Lachey's Bar

Photograph by Evan Sgouris

12th and Walnut, OTR
In the movie:
A street corner in bustling Manhattan, chock full of Packards and men in (non-ironic) fedoras.
In reality: You can still rub shoulders with celebrity at Lachey’s Bar, which opened in January, a few months after Carol left town.

 

Maury's Tiny Cove

Photograph by Evan Sgouris

Maury’s Tiny Cove
In the movie:
A first date spot for Carol (Blanchett) and Therese (Mara), the two making eyes at each other across a cigarette-smoke filled booth.
In reality: Technically, the dishes of garlic dill pickles on every table could be freshness dated all the way back to the 1950s.

 

Edward R. Stearns House

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

Edward R. Stearns House
In the movie:
The backdrop of a scene between Carol and her daughter, Rindy.
In reality: This 14,000-square-foot Wyoming mansion—with eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a carriage house, and a pipe organ—can be yours for just south of $2 million.


Photographs by Evan Sgouris

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