Philadelphia is a city known for its arts. Galleries and museums are speckled across neighborhoods extending the length of the city, including the most famous – the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In addition to classic artistic expression, Philly venues and bars put an emphasis on musical talent, opening their doors to acts both big and small to share their art with those looking to get lost in rhythm and melody instead.
It’s no surprise, then, that Philadelphia has been the scenic backdrop of some cinematic masterpieces over the last few decades. If you are a movie buff, almost everyone can tell you the most recognized movie that has been filmed in Philadelphia: Rocky. Who hasn’t reenacted the scene of running up the 72 stone steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art?
But there are other many films that have either been set in Philadelphia or have used the beautiful city of Philly to film a few scenes.
Recognize any of these?
Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper, who is actually a native of Philly, and Jennifer Lawrence’s movie, Silver Linings Playbook, featured a few prominent landmarks of Philadelphia. From Philly’s skyline to Lincoln Financial Field to the infamous diner scene, filmed at Llanerch Diner, the film features some exceptional and historical locations found in the city of brotherly love.
You may not recognize any Philly scenery from some of The Wrestler’s more famous shots, but a lot of the wrestling matches featured Mickey Rourke were filmed in the 2300 Arena, a current hot spot for actual wrestling matches, as well as dance parties and other events.
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
Whether you are a fan of the second chapter of the Transformers saga or not, Transformers 2 was filmed throughout Philadelphia. Some notable landmarks that made it into the movie include: Eastern State Penitentiary, City Hall, and the Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Another Bradley Cooper flick, the plot of Limitless is mostly filmed in New York City, however, there are a few Philadelphia locations that make the cut. One of the scenes filmed in a dive bar used Rittenhouse Square’s The Happy Rooster as a location.