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Pennsylvania: Philly shows off its 'Silver Linings'

January 21, 2013|By Anne Harnagel | Los Angeles Times staff writer
  • Bradley Cooper, center, plays Pat Solatano, a fierce Philadelphia Eagles fan, in the movie "Silver Linings Playbook."
Bradley Cooper, center, plays Pat Solatano, a fierce Philadelphia Eagles… (JoJo Whilden/Associated…)

Fans of Philly can now discover several of the spots featured in Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper’s Oscar-nominated film, "Silver Linings Playbook."

The Philadelphia skyline is prominently featured in the film, and the tallest of those buildings is the 58-floor Comcast Center. You can start your tour with a viewing of the Comcast Experience, depicting nature imagery, urban landscapes and more.

After you've been wowed by this super-sized screen, hail a cab or hop in your car and head to the Philadelphia Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field. Tours of the field are available year-round and include stops in the press room, the field, the locker room and more.

Hard-core fans can stop in the Eagles Pro Shop to pick up a DeSean Jackson jersey similar to the one Pat, Cooper's character, wore in the film, or a green cardigan like the one Pat Sr., played by Robert DeNiro, sported.

If time allows on your Philadephia tour, you can head northwest of town to Upper Darby and the Llanerch Diner, where Pat and Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence, had their first non-date on Halloween. The 80-year-old-plus institution serves Greek specialties and standard diner fare.

The Ballroom at the Ben doesn't appear in "Silver Linings" until Pat's and Tiffany's dance competition scene near the end of the movie. Now a popular Philadelphia wedding venue, the ballroom once was part of the former Ben Franklin Hotel.

For more information on these as well as other Philadelphia sites, go to www.visitphilly.com 

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