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If Rocky is the movie that defines Philadelphia as a city, it's Silver Linings Playbook that captures the spirit of its Western Suburbs. Filmed in Ridley Park, Lansdowne and, of course, Upper Darby, the movie was shot in just 33 days in the fall of 2011. Philly's other underdog story then garnered gobs of attention around award season (7 total Oscar noms), with Jennifer Lawrence taking home the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Bradley Cooper, JLaw and Robert De Niro may have been the stars, but the suburban Philadelphia setting stood out and allowed the audience to relate to the film on a more personal level. We've all sat and watched an Eagle's game in a living room not-unlike the Solitano's or had an awkward date in the local diner not unlike The Llanerch (maybe it even was The Llanerch). It's real — just like Rocky was true to Philly circa 1976. C'mon, grab some raisin bran and a hot tea and sit down to spend some "family time" with us as we map the Philly locations in Silver Linings Playbook. We promise, this is definitely not a date.


· Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Filming Locations [The Movie District]
· 'Silver Linings Playbook:' Ridley home in family for six generations now getting Oscar buzz [Daily Times]
· Bradley Cooper: On 'Silver Linings Playbook,' football and reading falsehoods about his love life [Washington Post]
· 'Silver Linings Playbook' continues shooting scenes in Delco [Delco News Network]
· Starring on the silver screen: The Western Suburbs [Philly.com]
· Filming Locations: Silver Linings Playbook [Movieloci.com]
· Hello to Hollywood! {Delco News Network]
· Silver Linings Playbook awards [IMDb]
· Past Silver Linings Play Coverage [Curbed Philly]

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1. Collingswood, NJ

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Collingswood, New Jersey was the idyllic setting of Matthew Quick's novel Silver Linings Playbook. A native of Oaklyn and graduate Collingswood High School, it's also Quick's old stomping grounds.

2. Norristown State Hospital

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1001 Sterigere Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Although it's supposed to be in Baltimore in the film, Norristown State Hospital is the site of Pat's court-ordered rehabilitation. It's also where we first meet Chris Tucker, who has a relatively small, but great part in the film.

3. Solitano Homestead

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238 South Madison Avenue
Upper Darby, PA 19082

The quintessential Delco home, the Solitano homestead served as the starting point into Pat's re-emergence from the mental institution. Some of the the most gripping scenes in the film -- Pat searching for his wedding video, JLaw's pro-dancing argument and the parlay -- take place at the home.

4. Maxwell Homestead

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6 South Swarthmore Avenue
Ridley Park, PA 19078

Whether it's the constant stream of randy visitors or the place of rebirth for Pat through a dance routine, the lovely stone fronted Upper Darby home is one of the key places in the story. It's been home to six generations of Rickett's -- the real-life family whose residence has reached almost cult-like standing in the neighborhood.

5. Monsignor Bonner/Arch. Prendergast H.S.

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401 North Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

In 2012, Monsignor Bonner (all boys) and Archibishop Prendergrast (all girls) merged into one high school. In the movie, it's Pat's former place of employment. He jogs here, clad in a sweatsuit and trash bag, and scares the crap out of a fellow teacher. This building was constructed in 1955.

6. Ronnie and Veronica's Home

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1046 Villanova Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Pat's friend Ronnie is trying to keep up with the proverbial Joneses. What does that mean? Fancy fireplaces and iPod docks! Pat and Tiffany are first introduced at the Swarthmore home with well-manicured shrubbery.

7. Llanerch Diner

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95 E Township Line Rd
Upper Darby, PA 19082
(610) 789-6057
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Ah, and so we've reached the famed Llanerch Diner. Already a legendary slice of Americana, the Llanerch was lifted into the stratosphere thanks to this film. If you're lucky enough to actually nab the sacred booth where Cooper and Lawerence had their non-date, you might get some funny looks if you don't order a raisin bran and tea. And remember, it's not a date.

8. Lansdowne Theater

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35 North Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050

It makes a brief, but important, role in the film. After the blow up at the Llanerch, the scene in front of the old Landsdowne Theater is where the relationship between Pat and Tiffany starts to take shape -- even after she nearly gets him arrested.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and efforts have been underway to save the theater and re-establish it as a place for entertainment once again.

9. Lincoln Financial Field

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1020 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 570-4000
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Thought Pat doesn't actually step foot in the home of the Eagles, we see it from the highway and it's referenced multiple times in the film. Like a tried and true Iggles fan, Robert De Niro's character (Pat's father) has been barred from the premises due to assaulting another fan.

10. Wells Fargo Center - D Lot

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3601 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(800) 298-4200

Also like a tried and true Iggles fan, Pat Solitano and friends tailgate in D Lot at the Wells Fargo Center.

11. Benjamin Franklin House (Hotel)

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834 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The scenes at Benjamin Franklin House are brilliantly chaotic. Pat's dad is focused on the Eagles game for the parlay bet, Tiffany freaks out and go AWOL and professional dancers ready themselves for competition. All the while, Pat is relatively calm, even as his wife is in the house. As for the building, it's gorgeous entrance, lobby and ballroom are all on display during these pivotal moments.

12. Jeweler's Row

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800 Sansom Street, Jewelers' Row
Philadelphia, PA 19107

One of the brilliant scenes in the film, Pat and Tiffany find themselves on a dimly lit Jeweler's Row after the chaos of the dance competition. Captured in the center of Sansom Street where the street briefly breaks the grid, the kiss also finally breaks the sexual tension between the two leads. (Gif via tumblr.)

13. Pat's First Solo Jog

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300 South Madison Avenue
Upper Darby, PA 19082

The Movie District was a tremendous resource for the map -- particularly the running scenes. Pat's run is very much the an homage to Rocky, yet its contrast is stark. It's suburban and features trash bag over the Sly-like sweatsuit, what could be more un-Rocky? More importantly, who will win the race to erect a Bradley Cooper statue, Ridley Park or Upper Darby?

14. Pat jogs some more

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14 North Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050

Main Street at its finest.

15. Pat & Tiffany's spontaneous run/race

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Ladomus Avenue & Baldwin Avenue
Ridley Park, PA 19078

The trash bag sweatsuit rolls through Ridley Park and past Tiffany's house. What's cool about these scenes is David O. Russell decided to leave the street signs, so you can see Ladomus Avenue and Baldwin Avenue as Pat jogs (and eventually races) by. Lawrence asks the amazing question, "Can you forigve? Are you any good at that?"

16. Jog leads to dinner

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East Township Line Road & Bewley Road
Haverford, PA 19082

During a jog on Halloween, Pat eventually asks Tiffany out on their non-date. The jog takes places on Bewley Road leading to the intersection where the Llanerch Diner sits.

17. King of Prussia Mall (referenced)

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160 N Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 265-5794
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Tiffany references the King of Prussia Mall when telling Pat the story of how her husband died. He went to pick her up some lingerie at Victoria's Secret. (Image via Flickr)

18. Schuylkill Expressway (Referenced)

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Tommy, Tiffany's deceased husband, was killed in a car accident on the Schuylkill Expressway while on his way home from the King of Prussia Mall.

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1. Collingswood, NJ

New Jersey

Collingswood, New Jersey was the idyllic setting of Matthew Quick's novel Silver Linings Playbook. A native of Oaklyn and graduate Collingswood High School, it's also Quick's old stomping grounds.

2. Norristown State Hospital

1001 Sterigere Street, Norristown, PA 19401

Although it's supposed to be in Baltimore in the film, Norristown State Hospital is the site of Pat's court-ordered rehabilitation. It's also where we first meet Chris Tucker, who has a relatively small, but great part in the film.

1001 Sterigere Street
Norristown, PA 19401

3. Solitano Homestead

238 South Madison Avenue, Upper Darby, PA 19082

The quintessential Delco home, the Solitano homestead served as the starting point into Pat's re-emergence from the mental institution. Some of the the most gripping scenes in the film -- Pat searching for his wedding video, JLaw's pro-dancing argument and the parlay -- take place at the home.

238 South Madison Avenue
Upper Darby, PA 19082

4. Maxwell Homestead

6 South Swarthmore Avenue, Ridley Park, PA 19078

Whether it's the constant stream of randy visitors or the place of rebirth for Pat through a dance routine, the lovely stone fronted Upper Darby home is one of the key places in the story. It's been home to six generations of Rickett's -- the real-life family whose residence has reached almost cult-like standing in the neighborhood.

6 South Swarthmore Avenue
Ridley Park, PA 19078

5. Monsignor Bonner/Arch. Prendergast H.S.

401 North Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

In 2012, Monsignor Bonner (all boys) and Archibishop Prendergrast (all girls) merged into one high school. In the movie, it's Pat's former place of employment. He jogs here, clad in a sweatsuit and trash bag, and scares the crap out of a fellow teacher. This building was constructed in 1955.

401 North Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

6. Ronnie and Veronica's Home

1046 Villanova Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Pat's friend Ronnie is trying to keep up with the proverbial Joneses. What does that mean? Fancy fireplaces and iPod docks! Pat and Tiffany are first introduced at the Swarthmore home with well-manicured shrubbery.

1046 Villanova Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

7. Llanerch Diner

95 E Township Line Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082

Ah, and so we've reached the famed Llanerch Diner. Already a legendary slice of Americana, the Llanerch was lifted into the stratosphere thanks to this film. If you're lucky enough to actually nab the sacred booth where Cooper and Lawerence had their non-date, you might get some funny looks if you don't order a raisin bran and tea. And remember, it's not a date.

95 E Township Line Rd
Upper Darby, PA 19082

8. Lansdowne Theater

35 North Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050

It makes a brief, but important, role in the film. After the blow up at the Llanerch, the scene in front of the old Landsdowne Theater is where the relationship between Pat and Tiffany starts to take shape -- even after she nearly gets him arrested.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and efforts have been underway to save the theater and re-establish it as a place for entertainment once again.

35 North Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050

9. Lincoln Financial Field

1020 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Thought Pat doesn't actually step foot in the home of the Eagles, we see it from the highway and it's referenced multiple times in the film. Like a tried and true Iggles fan, Robert De Niro's character (Pat's father) has been barred from the premises due to assaulting another fan.

1020 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

10. Wells Fargo Center - D Lot

3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Also like a tried and true Iggles fan, Pat Solitano and friends tailgate in D Lot at the Wells Fargo Center.

3601 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

11. Benjamin Franklin House (Hotel)

834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The scenes at Benjamin Franklin House are brilliantly chaotic. Pat's dad is focused on the Eagles game for the parlay bet, Tiffany freaks out and go AWOL and professional dancers ready themselves for competition. All the while, Pat is relatively calm, even as his wife is in the house. As for the building, it's gorgeous entrance, lobby and ballroom are all on display during these pivotal moments.

834 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

12. Jeweler's Row

800 Sansom Street, Jewelers' Row, Philadelphia, PA 19107

One of the brilliant scenes in the film, Pat and Tiffany find themselves on a dimly lit Jeweler's Row after the chaos of the dance competition. Captured in the center of Sansom Street where the street briefly breaks the grid, the kiss also finally breaks the sexual tension between the two leads. (Gif via tumblr.)

800 Sansom Street, Jewelers' Row
Philadelphia, PA 19107

13. Pat's First Solo Jog

300 South Madison Avenue, Upper Darby, PA 19082

The Movie District was a tremendous resource for the map -- particularly the running scenes. Pat's run is very much the an homage to Rocky, yet its contrast is stark. It's suburban and features trash bag over the Sly-like sweatsuit, what could be more un-Rocky? More importantly, who will win the race to erect a Bradley Cooper statue, Ridley Park or Upper Darby?

300 South Madison Avenue
Upper Darby, PA 19082

14. Pat jogs some more

14 North Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050

Main Street at its finest.

14 North Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050

15. Pat & Tiffany's spontaneous run/race

Ladomus Avenue & Baldwin Avenue, Ridley Park, PA 19078

The trash bag sweatsuit rolls through Ridley Park and past Tiffany's house. What's cool about these scenes is David O. Russell decided to leave the street signs, so you can see Ladomus Avenue and Baldwin Avenue as Pat jogs (and eventually races) by. Lawrence asks the amazing question, "Can you forigve? Are you any good at that?"

Ladomus Avenue & Baldwin Avenue
Ridley Park, PA 19078

16. Jog leads to dinner

East Township Line Road & Bewley Road, Haverford, PA 19082

During a jog on Halloween, Pat eventually asks Tiffany out on their non-date. The jog takes places on Bewley Road leading to the intersection where the Llanerch Diner sits.

East Township Line Road & Bewley Road
Haverford, PA 19082

17. King of Prussia Mall (referenced)

160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Tiffany references the King of Prussia Mall when telling Pat the story of how her husband died. He went to pick her up some lingerie at Victoria's Secret. (Image via Flickr)

160 N Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406

18. Schuylkill Expressway (Referenced)

Philadelphia, PA

Tommy, Tiffany's deceased husband, was killed in a car accident on the Schuylkill Expressway while on his way home from the King of Prussia Mall.