Bartlett, Indiana Filming Locations: Where was All the Bright Places filmed?

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Grab the tissues for the All the Bright Places love story, the new Netflix romantic drama set in the fictional town of Bartlett, Indiana.

The film brings to the small screen the awarded novel about young love and mental illness, first published in 2015 by Jennifer Niven. Bartlett is inspired by Niven's hometown, Richmond, also in Indiana.

Elle Fanning and Justice Smith with bikes

The movie stars model and singer Elle Fanning (Aurora in the Maleficent film series and the young Catherine in The Great series) as Violet Markey, who is grieving the loss of her older sister in a car crash. She'd like to get out of Bartlett, the small town where it all happened, but she has to wait until graduation.

Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Detective Pikachu), plays Theodore Finch, the teenager who suffers from Bipolar Disorder and falls in love with Violet.

During their romance, Finch and Violet travel to several bright places in Indiana.

All the Bright Places was filmed primarily in Ohio and around the city of Cleveland. Also, a few filming locations were filmed in Indiana. Here is our spoiler-free report for the Netflix movie:

Where was All the Bright Places filmed?

Bartlett Indiana
A key location in both the movie and the book is the bridge in Bartlett where the kids first met.

Several scenes of the movie were filmed in Elyria's Washington Avenue bridge in Ohio.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix - Bridge Map

Violet Markey house
The results of our sleuthing revealed that Violet's family home is located on Stanford Road in Cleveland's Shaker Heights Neighborhood.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Hoosier Hill scene from All the Bright Places
The first place where the couple travel is the highest point in Indiana, Hoosier Hill, at 1,257 feet above sea level.

There is a 'before I die I want to...' graffiti on West Side Market in Cleveland, that may have been the inspiration for the one pictured in the ruined building scene.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Bartlett High secondary school
The filmmakers never show the facade of the high school during the movie. In the book, Bartlett High is inspired by Richmond (Indiana) High School.

The Euclid High School and the Charles F. Brush High School in Lyndhurst, both in Ohio, are also listed in the film's credits.
Image courtesy of Netflix

Blue Flash Backyard Roller Coaster movie sequence
The homemade Blue Flash roller coaster was erected in the town of Bruceville, Indiana.

John Ivers, a car mechanic who could be your grandpa, liked roller coasters so much that he built one in his own backyard.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Blue Flash roller coaster location

Shoes hanging Tree
According to Roadside America, there are three Shoe Trees in Ohio (Bainbridge, Worthington, and Cleveland Cemetery), and 3 more in Indiana (Albany, Milltown, and Troy). It looks like one of them is the one featured in the movie.
Image courtesy of Netflix

All die verdammt perfekten Tage drehort
The old train station looks like the Midwest Railway Preservation Society in Cleveland, although there is also a locomotive graveyard in Lordstown.

Based on a train derailment disaster, the 2023 White Noise movie was also filmed in Ohio.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Church location scene with Violet
The church where "weary travelers to stop and rest", built "in memoriam to those who have lost their lives in auto accidents", was filmed in Hale Farm and Village in Bath (Ohio).

This is a historic landmark and museum, offering a glimpse of life in the 1860s.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Violet bikini scene in the lake
In the book, the lake of the missing teenagers where Finch and Violet are going for a swim is inspired by the Blue Hole lake in Prairieton, Indiana.

The closest place in real life to Bartlett, Indiana is a town called Bartlettsville in Lawrence County.

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  1. I just watched this movie and now researching it

  2. Me encanto su publicación ,en verdad es muy buena y esta muy completa pienso escaparme unos días y quería conocer todos los lugares de violet y finch y aqui los encontré

  3. Thank's for the information. after watching this movie i feel like miss those all bright places

  4. I just watched the movie this morning and was was searching to find the locations. Excited to find out where the roller coaster was built as I grew up in Bicknell, Indiana which is near Bruceville. Such a heart-wrenching movie.........I loved it!

  5. I live in Carlisle. The coaster is on 41 close to Oaktown. It was neat seeing it in the movie. I never knew that area was considered Bruceville. Emison maybe, but as a local I guess I still learn new things every day lol

  6. That is not the shoe tree of Albany, IN.

  7. Can you visit the blue hole lake?

  8. Born and raised in Elyria and moved back a few years ago. I live 2 minutes from Washington Ave and that bridge. They also filmed here scenes for the movie "Take Shelter" with Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, and "The Bronze" with Melissa Rauch and Sebastian Stan. We're a regular Hollywood. Lol.

  9. It is also not the shoe tree in Troy, IN.

  10. Pretty sure the swimming hole is Nelson’s Ledges.

  11. I've watched the movie several times, and it was the first time I was in quarantine. This movie sank into the depths of man, "There is a person who can roam the world while you are in your place."

  12. I love this movie with all my heart.

  13. The place that was inspired by the Blue Hole is very beautiful. I live in Brazil, and my dream is to visit all the places Violet and Finch have been.


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