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Rocky's Philadelphia: How The City Has Changed From 1976 To 2015 When Newest Rocky Film Debuts In Theaters
Striking Differences In The Skyline, Benjamin Franklin Parkway & More
Beloved boxer Rocky Balboa might be surprised if he ran up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps today and turned around, arms raised in triumph, to see the city’s gleaming skyline. It’s remarkably different from the modest skyline he looked out on in the original 1976 film, which welcomes its seventh installment, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema drama Creed, to theaters just before Thanksgiving. The fictional fighter could be forgiven for not recognizing the tall buildings on both sides of the river, beautiful parks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the addition of the Barnes Foundation and the many other attractions and amenities built in Philadelphia over the past nearly 40 years.
Here’s a look at how some of the places featured in the original Rocky film have changed since 1976:
- The Skyline: In 1976, the tallest building in Philadelphia was City Hall. Today, the 58-story Comcast Center, completed in 2007, crowns the city’s skyline. It also holds the designation of the tallest building between New York and Chicago. Next up for the city: the 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, which will be the eighth-tallest building in the United States.
- Benjamin Franklin Parkway: Perhaps the most notable addition to the Parkway in recent years is the Barnes Foundation, home to one of the world’s most important collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings. Other new additions since the 1970s include: Sister Cities Park and Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. In June 2014, The Franklin Institute opened the doors to its 53,000-square-foot Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, and in September 2015, Pope Francis presided over a mass on those famed Art Museum steps for nearly a million people.
- Italian Market: In the original Rocky film, the Italian Market boasted mostly Italian merchants, showcasing fresh seafood, mouthwatering pastas, local vegetables and decadent pastries. Today’s vendors hail from all parts of the world, with strong representation from Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia and other countries.
- South Philly Sports Complex: In 1976, the Spectrum, where Rocky fought, and Veterans Stadium served Philadelphia’s sports teams. Although these legendary arenas no longer stand, three new venues play host to four of the city’s major-league teams: Wells Fargo Center (Sixers and Flyers), Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles) and Citizens Bank Park (Phillies).
- Broad Street: Part of his training run took Rocky down Broad Street, now often referred to as the Avenue of the Arts. That’s because it’s now a cultural hotspot with places like the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Merriam Theater, The Wilma Theater and the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
About the film:
Creed explores a new chapter in the Rocky story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. The film also reunites Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed. Also starring are Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew. Coogler directs from a screenplay he wrote with Aaron Covington, based on characters from the “Rocky” series written by Sylvester Stallone. The film is being produced by Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Sylvester Stallone and Kevin King Templeton, with Nicholas Stern executive producing. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures present, in association with New Line Cinema, a Chartoff Winkler Production, Creed. Opening on November 25, 2015, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, with select international territories as well as all television distribution being handled by MGM. http://creedthemovie.com
VISIT PHILADELPHIA® makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.
On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
- Donna Schorr, (215) 599-0782
Philly Tours Explore History, Art, Food, Bridges & the Supernatural
Visitors to Philadelphia can choose from an assortment of options to explore the region, including those of the air, automotive, audio, culinary, self-guided and water-based varieties. And the sightseeing fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Those who come out at night can join tours that feature behind-the-scenes action and, if so desired, spirits from beyond. Here’s a selection of tours available throughout the region:
History Lessons By Day & Night:
- Bow Tie Tours – Learning about Philadelphia’s—and America’s—history through the true tales of real-life characters who walked the city’s streets is the secret to the success of
What's In The Logan Square Neighborhood?
Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. What’s there? Corporate and municipal office buildings; the museum-packed Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and green spaces, including the square that gives the area its name. Once called Northwest Square, Logan Square—one of the city’s original five squares—was renamed to honor 18th-century mayor James Logan.
City Hall is a natural focal point of the Logan Square neighborhood. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation makes people stop and take notice—and photos. The sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and is capped off with a massive statue of William Penn, all of which was designed...
What's In the Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mount Airy Neighborhoods?
Diverse and historic, Chestnut Hill, Germantown and Mount Airy are urban neighborhoods in northwest Philadelphia. Each enclave has a distinctive style, feel and highlights that represent the communities’ past and present. All are worth day trips, and fortunately, getting there is a cinch via SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Check bus and regional rail schedules at septa.org before heading off to explore these vibrant neighborhoods.
Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill, a National Register Historic District, was once a vacation
Aspiring Citizens Get Study Help With New Americans Trail
Prepping for the U.S. citizenship test is no small task, but Philadelphia’s self-guided New Americans Tour makes learning easier—and a whole lot more fun. The city contains approximately half the answers to the 100-question citizenship test study. This means aspiring citizens and others students of U.S. history can glean the knowledge they seek simply by paying visits to Philly’s historic sites and attractions. Best place to start: the Historic District, the original city—and a very pedestrian-friendly one at that. The trail is available at visitphilly.com/newamericans.
Here’s a look at the 16 tour spots:
- Betsy Ross House,
A First-Timer's Guide To Philadelphia
While Philadelphia offers a variety of authentic and top-notch attractions, exploring this vibrant city takes some planning—especially for first-time visitors. With so much to see, do and taste, it’s challenging for a novice to know where to begin. From the historic Liberty Bell to the deliciously indulgent cheesesteak, here’s a look at Philly 101:
- Independence Hall – While historical attractions abound in Philly, Independence Hall has particular significance to the development of the nation. In this building in 1776, the Founding Fathers came together to sign the Declaration of Independence. Eleven years later, representatives from a
Ready For The Pope? Philadelphia's Sacred Sites Reveal The City's Religious Stories
This year presents the ideal opportunity to explore Philadelphia’s sacred side: The city will host the eighth World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis himself. A long list of sacred places, thanks to their history, architecture or emotional resonance, make Greater Philadelphia an awe-inspiring place to visit all the time—even when the pope is home in the Vatican. Around the region, new sites rise next to centuries-old houses of worship. Together, they provide physical testaments to the indomitable spirit of people who made great sacrifices for the liberty to worship as they please.
Here’s a look at the region’s old...
Calling All Francophiles: Just Say "Oui" To Philadelphia
When the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibition opens on June 24, 2015 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the only American venue for the show), Philadelphia will continue its ongoing love affair with all things French. The summer blockbuster, which runs through September 13, 2015, showcases approximately 95 works by impressionist masters the influential Parisian art dealer championed, including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet. From there, visitors in town for the show can explore the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic, architectural and fashion influences, starting with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, planned and designed...
What's In The Market East Neighborhood?
Steps away from the most historic square mile in America, the Market East neighborhood serves as a gateway to the city’s business, shopping and entertainment district. Originally known as High Street, what is now called Market Street is a busy boulevard, particularly during the daytime as shoppers, workers and visitors fill the streets.
Bordered by Old City to the east, Chinatown to the north and Washington Square West to the south and dominated by Philadelphia’s elaborately embellished City Hall, the Market East neighborhood is largely commercial with boundaries that stretch roughly from 7th to 15th Streets and Chestnut...
What's In The West Philly Neighborhood?
Every resident knows (and secretly loves) Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air lyric “In West Philadelphia, born and raised … ” Not obvious from the 1990s theme song is the dynamic culture that thrives inside the large area—due to historic characteristics, large educational and research institutions and new developments and residents.
Separated from Center City by the Schuylkill River, West Philadelphia resembles a microcosm of the city itself, with a number of smaller, distinct neighborhoods inside it. Many of its attractions and events—community gardens, Ethiopian restaurants, offbeat performances and the like—were created to benefit the people living in the...
Backgrounder: Eco-friendly Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s bike-share program, to begin in spring 2015, is just the latest news in the city’s eco-friendly efforts. Long a pioneer in the environmental movement, Philadelphia is attracting increasing global attention for efforts to become a leader in urban sustainability. Attractions, organizations and the city itself hold prestigious designations, including a major award from the Environmental Protection Agency. Not to be outdone, the region’s service amenities and modes of transportation are also advancing the green revolution.
Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s green cred:
- The Clean Air Council’s 5K Run for Clean Air is Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day celebration.