Visit Philly: 28 Rocky Filming Locations to Check Out In Philadelphia!

Visit Philly: 28 Rocky Filming Locations to Check Out In Philadelphia!
09 Aug 2019

Disclosure: Media pass was provided by Visit Philly. All opinions are my own.

It’s no secret that the Rocky movie franchise is one of my favourites.

From the build up in the 1976 original movie, to him winning the world heavyweight title in the second movie, to seeing Mr T and Hulk Hogan in the third movie, to his showdown with the Russian Ivan Drago in the fourth movie, to training and then battling Tommy Gunn in the fifth installment… there was no shortage of action and emotion. The sixth movie Rocky Balboa wrapped up Rocky’s career.

The franchise would have an unexpected extension with the announcement of Creed. Later, Sylvester Stallone said it would be a new franchise built around Adonis Creed (Apollo’s son), where he would play Adonis’ trainer and mentor.

If you haven’t seen these movies, get on it! They are so well done, and show the life and passion of Rocky’s journey through his adult life as a pro boxer.

If you have seen the movies, here are some of the movie filming locations in Philadelphia.

1. Rocky Balboa’s Apartment

This is where it all began… the humble home of Rocky Balboa on Tusculum Street in Kensington.

Seen In

Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky Balboa

Location

Rocky Balboa’s Apartment is located at:
1818 Tusculum Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134

rocky paulie and adrian house

2. Adrian & Paulie’s House

This humble home on Rosehill in Kensington was home to Paulie and Adrian in the original Rocky movie, but was home to the entire Balboa family in Rocky V.

Seen In

Rocky, Rocky V

Location

Adrian & Paulie’s House is located at:
2822 Rosehill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134-3440

3. Street Singer’s Corner – “The Neighborhood Jukebox”

A short but iconic scene at the beginning of the first Rocky movie where Frank Stallone and some of his buddies sing while staying warm surrounding a fire barrel. They were seen again in Rocky II serenading Rocky and Adrian after they got married. Street singers were common in Philadelphia around the time Rocky and Rocky II were filmed.

Seen In

Rocky, Rocky II

Location

Street Singer’s Corner is located at:
Kensington Avenue & Tusculum Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134

4. Mighty Mick’s Gym

Unbeknownst to most, only the front of this building was used for Mighty Mick’s Gym, where the Italian Stallion trained with Micky Goldman. All interior scenes were shot in Los Angeles.

Seen In

Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky V, Rocky Balboa

Location

Mighty Mick’s Gym is located at:
2147 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

rocky little maries house

5. Little Marie’s House

This is the house that Rocky walks Little Marie to in the 1976 classic, where you hear her shout “Screw you, creepo!” to Rocky as she goes inside her house.

Seen In

Rocky

Location

Little Marie’s House is located at:
1124 Jackson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

rocky atomic hoagie shop

6. Atomic Hoagie Shop

The Atomic Hoagie Shop was the local hangout for Little Marie and the neighborhood kids in the original Rocky movie.

Seen In

Rocky, Rocky V

Location

Atomic Hoagie Shop is located at:
12th Street and Cantrell Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

rocky gazzos street

7. Mr. Gazzo’s Street

Gazzo: “Why didn’t you break his thumb like I told you to? When you don’t do what I tell you to do you make me look bad Rock.”

In the first movie, Rocky and Tony Gazzo have a conversation about the collection work Rocky is doing for Gazzo, on this cobblestone road.

Seen In

Rocky

Location

Mr. Gazzo’s Street is located at:
E. Gurney Street, between Sterner and Lehigh, Philadelphia, PA 19125

PATS STEAK SIGN

8. Pat’s King Of Steaks

Probably the most popular cheesesteak sandwich joint for tourists in Philly, Pat’s King of Steaks has been known to sell upwards of 6000 cheesesteak sandwiches on a busy Saturday. Fans of 1976’s “Rocky” movie may recognize Pat’s as where Rocky and loan shark Tony Gazzo had a bite to eat. There is a plaque on the wall that says, “On this spot stood Sylvester Stallone filming the great motion picture Rocky. Nov. 21, 1975”.

I visited Pat’s when I was in town, and they have a pretty decent steak sandwich.

Seen In

Rocky

Location

Pat’s King Of Steaks is located at:
1237 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147-5060

9. J & M Tropical Fish

This is the pet shop that Adrian worked in. It has since been demolished. If you are standing in front of Mighty Mick’s Gym, look to the right across the street. That is where J & M Tropical Fish used to be.

Seen In

Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky V, Rocky Balboa

Location

J & M Tropical Fish is located at:
2146 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

10. Ice Skating Rink

Rocky took Adrian here for a late night skate. Rocky jogged along side Adrian. They almost didn’t get in, but Rocky convinced the attendant to let them in for a few minutes.

Seen In

Rocky, Rocky Balboa

Location

Ice Skating Rink is located at:
1556 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

rocky italian market

11. Italian Market

Rocky runs through the Italian Market as part of his workout regiment.

Seen In

Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky V

Location

Italian Market is located at:
919 S 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

12. Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art plays host to two elements of Rocky lore… the stairs he runs up, and the iconic Rocky statue.

Ever since I saw Rocky III in 1983, I wanted to visit Philadelphia to see the bronze statue of Rocky Balboa. That dream came true when I was in the City Of Brotherly Love.

I also jogged up the famous stairs that Rocky ran at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was tough, and quite a hot morning. Once at the top, I celebrated this victory, and knocked another item off my bucket list.

These two ladies from Virginia also climbed the Rocky steps, and wanted to pose with me at the top to celebrate!

Seen In

Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky V, Rocky Balboa

Location

Philadelphia Museum of Art is located at:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

13. Bonwit Teller & Co.

This department store is where Rocky and Adrian pull up to right after he buys his car. He pulls up on the curb, gets out of the car, walks up to the jackets in the window and says to Adrian, “Yo Adrian, look at this here! Tell me that wouldn’t look great on ya, huh? This coat here? What about that one huh? Think it would look good on me? Is that great? Look at this black thing here with the tiger on the back. You like animals? I love animals. Black, I like black. Black’s kinda my favourite colour. You wanna buy em? I say we get em before someone else buys em. What do ya say? Cone on Adrian!”

Seen In

Rocky II

Location

Bonwit Teller & Co. is located at:
SW Corner of S. 17th St. & Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

14. Rittenhouse Square

Rocky and Adrian walk through Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square after they find out that Adrian is pregnant.

Seen In

Rocky II

Location

Rittenhouse Square is located at:
210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

15. The Philadelphia Zoo

Rocky: “Whadaya think yer doin’ for the next 40 or 50 years?”
Adrian: “What do you mean?”
Rocky: “I was wondering if, ah… you wouldn’t mind marrying me very much.”
Adrian: “What did you say?”
Rocky: “If you wouldn’t mind marrying me too much.”
Adrian: “Yes. I’d like to marry you.”

The Philadelphia Zoo was where Rocky proposed to Adrian.

Seen In

Rocky II

Location

The Philadelphia Zoo is located at:
3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

rocky and adrian house

16. Rocky & Adrian’s House

This is the 6-room home in South Philly that Rocky and Adrian bought together.

Seen In

Rocky II

Location

Rocky & Adrian’s House is located at:
2313 S Lambert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

17. Car Dealership

He was making money from commercials now, and needed some wheels to get around. Even though his driving skills were questionable, his choice in automobiles was not.

Seen In

Rocky II

Location

Car Dealership is located at:
337-341 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

18. St. Thomas Aquinas

This is the Catholic church where Rocky and Adrian were married, and where Rocky visits Father Carmine for a blessing before his fight with Apollo.

Seen In

Rocky II

Location

St. Thomas Aquinas is located at:
1719 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

rocky independence hall

19. Independence Hall

Rocky is seen running and hurdling benches in the park in front of Philly’s Independence Hall.

Seen In

Rocky II

Location

Independence Hall is located at:
520 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

20. Robert’s School

Robert goes to a pretty rough school when the Balboa family moves back to Philly after Paulie mismanages their money. Although, the school is not located in the area they moved back to.

Seen In

Rocky V

Location

Robert’s School is located at:
1501 S. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

21. Andy’s Bar

Looking for respect, Tommy Gunn seeks out Rocky for. fight. He finds him across the street from Mighty Mick’s Gym at Andy’s Bar, now Stelio’s Pizza. What starts out as an unsanctioned boxing match without gloves turns into an epic street fight, that Rocky ultimately wins, leaving Gunn a bloody heap in the street.

Seen In

Rocky V

Location

Andy’s Bar is located at:
2201 Emerald Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125

22. Rocky & Paulie’s House

Rocky and Paulie lived in this Kensington area home after Adrian passed away.

Seen In

Rocky Balboa

Location

Rocky & Paulie’s House is located at:
3089-3091 Emerald Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134

23. Little Marie & Steps’ House

Now all grown up, Little Marie now lives in this humble home on Jasper Street in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood with her son Steps.

Seen In

Rocky Balboa

Location

Little Marie & Steps’ House is located at:
2745 Jasper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134

24. Robert’s Irish Pub

Robert and his work mates have a few beers while watching the computer animated dream fight between current champion Mason Dixon and Rocky Balboa.

Seen In

Rocky Balboa

Location

Robert’s Irish Pub is located at:
2007 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

25. Robert Balboa’s Office Building

Rocky meets with Robert in the lobby of the building he works at. Robert is about to brush off a coffee invite from Rocky when his boss walks up and introduces himself, and asks Robert to take a picture of him and Rocky together.

Seen In

Rocky Balboa

Location

Robert Balboa’s Office Building is located at:
2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

26. Adrian’s

In the fifth movie, Rocky is seen running his own restaurant, which he named after his wife Adrian. The actual restaurant used in the movie is The Victor Café. In probably one of the best scenes of the franchise, Rocky gives his son Robert the speech about winning:

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life.“

Seen In

Rocky Balboa

Location

Adrian’s is located at:
1303 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

27. Laurel Hill Cemetery

Laurel Hill Cemetery is where Adrian was laid to rest. In Creed, we find out that Paulie has also passed on, and is laid to rest right beside his sister.

Seen In

Rocky Balboa

Location

Laurel Hill Cemetery is located at:
3822 Ridge Avenue, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19132

rocky robert apartment

28. Robert Balboa’s Apartment

Rocky visits his son Robert’s apartment to tell him that he is going to fight Mason Dixon.

Seen In

Rocky Balboa

Location

Robert Balboa’s Apartment is located at:
2014 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

CONCLUSION

There were a lot more filming locations outside of Philadelphia. Los Angeles is prominent in several on the movies, as was Las Vegas in Rocky Balboa for the Italian Stallion’s last fight against heavyweight champ Mason Dixon. In Rocky IV, Mormon Row in Moose Wyoming portrayed the snowy Russian countryside where Rocky lived and trained for his Christmas Day showdown with Ivan Drago.

Please remember that some of the locations listed above are private homes, where people currently live. It’s not like the people now living there don’t know their homes were in the movies, but it has to be annoying having tons of Rocky fans show up and be disruptive. So, be respectful, and brief. Take in the moment, snap a quick pic, and be on your way.

Enjoy your self-guided Rocky tour in Philadelphia, and be sure to pick up a steak sandwich while there.

Cheers,
Big Daddy

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

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