The City of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Film Commission want to make sure that everyone is aware of upcoming film activity that will affect traffic downtown and that you may encounter film crews around city.

Criminal Activities starring actor John Travolta will begin filming May 27. The schedule below reflects street and/or lane closures that you may encounter during production.

They advise that you plan ahead and use alternate routes.

Here is a list:

  • May 27: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chester Ave EB from East Ninth to East 12th; Chester Ave WB from East 13th to East Ninth; East 12th SB from Superior to Chester; East 12th NB from Euclid to Superior; Walnut EB at East 12th
  • May 29: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Elm Street at Main Avenue in The Flats
  • May 30 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. East 71st Street from Superior to Hecker
  • June 2 9 a.m to 1 p.m SW Quadrant of Public Square
  • June 19 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Hamilton Court from East 40th to East 45th
  • June 20 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Hamilton Court from East 40th to East 45th; East 45th from St. Clair to Lakeside Avenue; East 40th from St. Clair to Lakeside; Hamilton Avenue from East 40th to East 49th
  • June 26 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Carter Road drawbridge Carter Road at Canal Road in The Flats

Drivers, namely cab drivers have mixed reviews on news of another Hollywood movie triggering road closures in Cleveland.

"Enough already!" says Byron Hicks. "What, there's been 6 movies done here in 2 to 3 years? That's enough!"


"Just trying to get around in Cleveland's construction season is tough already. Why do we need to close roads and shoot a movie? Its been done. Nothing new about it, nothing exciting about it."

His fellow cab driver Tim Crump has a slightly different view.

"Yeah, it does make for major headache with the traffic," Crump says. "Hopefully they don't close down any major arteries. If they avoid that, I'm glad they're coming."

The film's director is actor Jackie Earle Haley.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission released a statement when filming here was announced:

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission today announced that Criminal Activities will be filming in Cleveland, Ohio. The film stars John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Wild Hogs), Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Seven Psychopaths), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Fifth Estate), Rebecca Da Costa (Entourage), and Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children-Oscar Nominated, Lincoln). Mr. Haley also will be directing.

The film was written by Robert Lowell and is being produced by Wayne Rice, Howard Burd, and Micah Sparks. The executive producers are Mark Johnson (Fear Clinic and Miss Meadows, both filmed in Cleveland), Warren Ostergard (Freerunner and Cleveland native), and Daniel Diamond. Filming is scheduled to start later this spring in and around Cleveland, Ohio.

When four young men reunite at an ex-classmate's funeral, one of them offers up some inside information on a stock that's a guaranteed lock to make them all instant millionaires. Unfortunately the deal goes south, along with their investment. Things go from bad to worse when it's revealed one of the boys borrowed the lost money from a mobster.

"For me, having a film commissioner that understands the needs and challenges of the independent film maker is the number one factor in choosing the city to film in," said producer Wayne Rice.

"The Ohio Incentive Program is a great opportunity for our Industry, coupled with a fantastic Cleveland Film Commission that understands our business and what we need to succeed; coupled with great locations and hard working crews make the Ohio Program tough to beat," said producer Mark Johnson.

"Nothing is better than coming back to my hometown to make movies, coupled with a great tax incentive and the support from a great local crew and film commission," said producer Warren Ostergard.

"A critical part of the Film Commission's work is attracting projects by showcasing Northeast Ohio, so when Mark Johnson, Wayne Rice and Warren Ostergard expressed interest in filming in Cleveland, we showed them everything our city has to offer," said Film Commission President Ivan Schwarz. "Our ability to win these exciting projects is because of our competitive financing through the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive and our collaborative public partners. This film will not only turn the spotlight once again on Cleveland, but create jobs and generate crucial revenue for our region."