WHERE’D THEY SHOOT THAT?
Ever wonder where Rocky really lived? Or where Adrian’s pet shop is? Here you’ll find maps and addresses to some of the most famous filming locations used in the series including those in Pennsylvania, California, New York and Nevada. If you’re planning to visit the sites in person, please be respectful – many of these locations are actual residences and businesses and their tenants do not appreciate people loitering on their property.
YO, WATCH THE VIDEO
Before you begin exploring, be sure to check out the above video sensation, “Rocky Jumped a Park Bench” by JamesNinendoNerd, which gives a fantastic overview of some of the greatest Rocky filming locations in Philadelphia. If you never make it to Philly, this fun and informative featurette will fill in all the details.
Special thanks to super-fan and adventurer Robert Plazek and to award-winning Rocky Balboa impersonator Mike Kunda, who took to the streets of Philly to track down some of the more iconic locations used during the 1975 shooting as well as the subsequent films. Thanks also to photographers Mike Lynaugh and Tom Mishka for their invaluable contributions.
(Los Angeles) The empty ice skating rink where Rocky takes Adrian for their first date on Thanksgiving night.
(Los Angeles) The opening shot of the movie features a painting of Jesus overlooking the match between Rocky and Spider Rico.
(Los Angeles) Rocky and Apollo race each other along the beach in Santa Monica, near the Santa Monica Pier.
(Philadelphia) Rocky Jr.’s apartment house sets the scene for Rocky’s dream of stepping back into the ring.
(Philadelphia) The park that Adrian and Rocky walk through after finding out they’re going to have a baby.
(Philadelphia) “Nice steps.” This is the house Rocky and Adrian buy in Rocky II just after their wedding.
(Los Angeles) Rocky IV drives through the landmark Los Angeles tunnel at the end of his guilt montage.
(Philadelphia) The hard times of Rocky V sent Robert to his new elementary school here in Passyunk Square. Teach your kid to fight before you enroll him here.
(Philadelphia) Thirsty? You can stop for a drink at the pub where “Baby Rocky” watched the computer fight between his dad and Mason Dixon.
(Philadelphia) The Lucky Seven Tavern seen in Rocky is a different location than the one in Rocky Balboa.
(Philadelphia) Can he drive? He’s one of the greats! This tiny spot downtown is where Rocky bought his Trans Am.
(Las Vegas) Mandalay Bay’s sports arena was the scene of Rocky’s final fight against Mason Dixon.
(Philadelphia) This run-down street was used as the seedy neighborhood of grown-up Little Marie and her son, Steps. Her house has a nice, workin’ lightbulb out front, too.
(Los Angeles) This posh hotel was used as the exterior façade for Balboa’s palatial gym in Rocky III.
(Los Angeles) An historic hotel – you can just glimpse it in the background during a city shot in Rocky III.
(Las Vegas) Now Bally’s Hotel & Casino, the MGM Grand hosted the exhibition bout that pitted Apollo Creed against Ivan Drago.
(New York) The Garden’s exterior was seen briefly in Rocky III and played host to the Stallion’s battle with Clubber Lang.
(Philadelphia) This old and revered cemetery marks Adrian’s final resting place, and the tree where Rocky stores his folding chair is really there among the rolling hills.
(Philadelphia) Rocky’s little eatery is a real-life restaurant called The Victor Cafe. Stop in for an elegant dinner and you’ll find that the interior is much the same, despite Victor’s elegant operatic decor.
(Philadelphia) This Philly staple has been beloved by both cheesesteak fans and Rocky Balboa since 1930. Pat’s even has a plaque that marks the spot where Sly stood.
(Philadelphia) It’s Mickey Goldmill’s grungy gym near the pet shop, the spot where Rocky trains – and loses his locker.
(Philadelphia) Featured prominently in Rocky and Rocky V, this actual residence looked very similar until about 2010.
(Philadelphia) Adrian’s pet shop – literally just a few steps away from Mighty Mick’s – has gotten dingier with the years. It was, for years, a real pet shop, but was closed in the mid 2000′s.
(Philadelphia) Rocky’s morning workout trails right through the middle of the famed Italian Market, and most recently, it’s where we saw the champ buy fresh groceries for his restaurant.
Take ‘er to da zoo. Or propose to her here, in front of Mr. Tiger’s cage. Even if you’re not ready to propose, the Philly Zoo is an amazing place to visit, and one of the most popular in the city.
(Philadelphia) Rocky and Apollo’s first battle took place at this historic arena, which was demolished in 2011.