Rocky’s Training Steps
Rocky (Dir: John G.Avildsen, 1977).
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 26th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The most famous location in Rocky is probably the stairs he jogs up during the ’Gonna Fly Now’ training montage. The good news is that you can re-enact the scene and jog up and down them, the bad news is that there are 68 steps… That’s quite a few if you’re jogging.
The Mighty Mick’s Gyms scenes were filmed in downtown Los Angeles, and so was the opening bout overlooked by a mural - it’s at the Oscar de la Hoya Boxing Youth Centre in East L.A. The Olympic Auditorium in L.A. is the location for the climactic bout between Rocky and Apollo Creed. Probably the best trivia from Rocky is that the final fight was shot in reverse - Rocky and Apollo started with lots of make up for the 15th round, and then they gradually removed it, and part of the stair jogging scene was also played backwards - so maybe that means that you only have to jog up about 30?