We love seeing our home state represented on the big screen. Some people don’t know that Pennsylvania has a rich cinematic history, from Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh and in between. Many directors have brought their film crews here to create scenes that have become iconic to the American psyche. Read on to discover where these famous moments were created.
1. The Rocky Steps from "Rocky"
Perhaps the most iconic Pennsylvania film setting is the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One of the most memorable scenes from Rocky is the scene of Rocky running up the steps.
Of course, you cannot forget the famous Rocky statue that was commissioned for Rocky III.
2. The Fort Pitt Tunnel from "Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Another iconic movie scene filmed in Pennsylvania from the 2012 hit based on the novel by the same name— Charlie and his friends drive through the Fort Pitt Tunnel in Pittsburgh and "feel infinite."
3. The Wampum Mines from "Day of the Dead"
George Romero's cult-classic flick was meant to be the "Gone with the Wind of zombie movies." This is the entrance to there Wampum Mines, where much of the film was shot.
5. The old Bethlehem Steel factory that was in "Transformers"
Part of the recent "Transformers" movie was filmed on the premises.
5. The Western Center from "Silence of the Lambs"
Much of the 1991 classic horror film was filmed in and around Pittsburgh. The exterior of the Western Center, located in Canonsburg, served as the setting for the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
6. Kennywood, which was the amusement park in "Adventureland"
The fictional amusement park in Adventureland is based off of a real amusement park in Farmingdale, New York. However, the movie was filmed at Kennywood, which is located right outside of Pittsburgh in West Mifflin.
7. Heinz Field from "The Dark Knight Rises"
Actual players on the Pittsburgh Steelers played the football players in the fictional Gotham Rogues team for the movie. How cool is that?
8. Chef's from "The Blob"
The basement of Chef's in Downington was used to film an iconic scene from the 1958 movie, The Blob.