“Wait, that looks so familiar!” – it might be because that movie you love so much was shot right here in Philly. Teaming up again with fellow intern turned good friend Haley, we set out to find locations in the City of Brotherly Love where some blockbuster movies were shot. Along the way, we discovered the magic of Hollywood editing, reenacted a classic scene, and got a pretty great tour of Philadelphia.
Locations: Washington Square, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, The Franklin Institute, Urban Outfitters
It’s only right that scenes from Nic Cage’s National Treasure were shot in the historic city of Philadelphia. However, to our dismay we found that some scenes were fabricated! We visited Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell – only to find out that these scenes were shot in Hollywood, childhood ruined. However, the cast of National Treasure did shoot in Washington Square, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, The Franklin Institute and even Urban Outfitters.
Silver Linings Playbook
Locations: Lincoln Financial Field, Citizen’s Bank Park, Benjamin Franklin Hotel, Jeweler’s Row
Philly native Bradley Cooper and his onscreen love interest, Jennifer Lawrence visited Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs to shoot the critically acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook. Haley and I visited Jeweler’s Row, where the closing scene “chasing Tiffany” was shot, well sort of. Upon arriving, we discovered that Jeweler’s Row wasn’t safe from “Hollywood magic.” Reenacting the chase proved to be a challenge as the Sansom Street on screen differed from the Sansom Street of real life.
Locations: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Victor Café, Pat’s, The Italian Market, many many more
We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk Rocky, possibly the most iconic movie shot in Philadelphia. We visited the iconic “Rocky Steps” where I was too lazy to dart up as Rocky did. The Rocky Statue located by the bottom of the steps remains as a tourist attraction. The Rocky/Creed series is loved by Philadelphians, for being a story of resiliency which resonates with many here. Shooting in non-mainstream locations but actual neighborhoods helped ingrain the Rocky franchise into Philadelphia’s culture.
The Sixth Sense
Locations: Grays Ferry Avenue, Pine Street, St. Augustine’s Church
Another Philadelphia native; M. Night Shyamalan director of movies like The Sixth Sense, The Village, and Split is notorious for filming in his hometown of Philadelphia. We visited St. Augustine’s Church where Cole sought to seek refuge from all those dead people he was seeing, I believe.
The movie tour brought us to many different locations, spanning many neighborhoods. Of course there’s a ton of other movies like Philadelphia, Invincible, Law Abiding Citizen, and TV shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that were/are also shot in Philly. We may not be Hollywood but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out there and having your own movie tour!