From the Real World to the Rocky stairs, pop culture is alive and well in the City of Brotherly Love and our Pop Culture Tour of Philly will ensure you’ll walk away with some helpful tidbits about Philly popular culture.

For many, Rocky’s tough exterior, warm heart and timeless nature are inextricably linked to Philadelphia. The Rocky Stairs are one of the most iconic film locations of all time. These stairs are actually the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy). While training Rocky runs through the streets of Philly and this famed montage includes shots of the Italian Market, Philadelphia City Hall and Ninth Street. There is also a bronze statue of Rocky (created for Rocky III) that stands in front of the museum and was erected in 1980 — it’s the perfect backdrop for photo ops.

Philadelphia (the movie)

Our Pop Culture Tour of Philly continues with Philadelphia, an iconic drama from the early 1990’s that stars Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks. The film addresses HIV/Aids and homophobia in a way that had never been portrayed on the big screen. The film features tons of footage of an early 90’s Philly. The film features images of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Center City skyscrapers and the Liberty Bell. Without spoiling the plot Tom Hank’s character Andrew Beckett finds himself reading up on HIV/AIDS at The University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts Library. Beckett, a lawyer at a renowned firm, play racquetball with his colleagues at the Racquet Club.

Silver Linings Playbook
The Silver Linings Playbook is a film based in the suburbs of Philadelphia and has an all-star cast which includes Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. The film features mega Philly Eagles fans (including Jenkintown local Bradley Cooper), shots of Lincoln Financial Field, Jewelers’ Row and Llanerch Diner (in Upper Darby)

Real World Philadelphia
The 15th season of The Real World,filmed in April 2004, took place in Philadelphia. . The castmates lived at 249 Arch Street in Old City. The Real World Philadelphia accommodations were spacious (nearly 15,000 Sq. Feet)and they were surrounded by history. The house is now an events venue called Trust – it is located just next to the Betsy Ross house.

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