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.
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.
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.
(Philadelphia) Filming location for Delphi Gym, Home of Apollo Creed.
(Los Angeles) The empty ice skating rink where Rocky takes Adrian for their first date on Thanksgiving night.
(Los Angeles) The dilapidated old L.A. hotel where Rocky, Adrian and Paulie stay in Rocky III.
(Los Angeles) Rocky and Apollo race each other along the beach in Santa Monica, near the Santa Monica Pier.
(Philadelphia) The corner where Frank Stallone and the boys sing “Take You Back”, and later “Two Kinds of Love” in Rocky II.
(Philadelphia) The park that Adrian and Rocky walk through after finding out they’re going to have a baby.
(Los Angeles) Here’s the beautiful estate near Beverly Hills, California that Rocky and Adrian call home in Rocky IV.
(Los Angeles) Rocky IV drives through the landmark Los Angeles tunnel at the end of his guilt montage.
(Philadelphia) “I shoulda broke your thumbs!” This is the street where Rocky and Gazzo get out of the car to talk about Del Rio.
(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) This little bar across the street from Mighty Mick’s Gym is where Rocky fought Tommy Gunn in the street
(Philadelphia) Can he drive? He’s one of the greats! This tiny spot downtown is where Rocky bought his Trans Am.
(Philadelphia) Rocky’s run-down street looks just as it does in the movie, tattered screen door and all. Not a great neighborhood, but the best place to down your eggs and start the morning run.
(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) Ancient hotel in downtown LA is glimpsed at the beginning of Rocky III.
(Los Angeles) An historic hotel – you can just glimpse it in the background during a city shot in Rocky III.
(Los Angeles) L.A.’s historic gym was utilized as the interior of Mighty Mick’s during the filming of Rocky.
(New York) The Garden’s exterior was seen briefly in Rocky III and played host to the Stallion’s battle with Clubber Lang.
(Philadelphia) The exterior of this Philadelphia department store branch was seen in Rocky II, however Bonwit Teller is no longer in residence.
(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) Hey, creepo, it’s Lil’ Marie’s house as seen in the original Rocky.
(Philadelphia) It’s Mickey Goldmill’s grungy gym near the pet shop, the spot where Rocky trains – and loses his locker.
(Philadelphia) This little shop was the hangout for Marie and the neighborhood kids in the ’70s; today, that street corner has been somewhat renovated and there ain’t no hoagie shop there.
(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) This quiet Catholic church served as the setting of Rocky and Adrian’s quiet wedding. Ain’t that Father somethin’?
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) Located in “Center City”, downtown Philly, Independence Hall is often referred to as the birthplace of America, but we like to think of it as the place where Rocky jumped the park bench.