From Silver Screen to Table: Films Made in PA & Local Restaurants are the Perfect Pair

Dinner and a movie – What could be better on a cold winter night? Whether a classic “date night” or fun time with the family, we have compiled a list of Hollywood classics and binge-worthy TV shows, all with a special PA connection. We are especially fond of the food scenes filmed across PA!

You can find other great local takeout, delivery, and curbside pick-up options in your neighborhood on our Carry Out in PA website.

1. Silver Linings Playbook – Llanerch Diner

Upper Darby

Rom-Com kind of night? Join PA’s own Bradley Cooper and the lovely Jennifer Lawrence with a streaming of “Silver Linings Playbook.” Enjoy this wild romance, especially the classic diner scene, with your own order from the Llanerch Diner.

2. Love the Coopers – Millvale Diner

Millvale

For their annual Christmas Eve celebration, Sam Cooper (John Goodman) and his wife Charlotte (Diane Keaton) welcome four generations of extended family – we’ve all been there! Sit back and watch “Love the Coopers” to see how this bunch finds the spirit of the holidays as you enjoy your own home-cooked meal from the Millvale Diner.

3. Invincible – Pat’s King of Steaks

Philadelphia

Pats King of Steaks
Pat's King Of Steaks | Credit @docfusco via IG 

Everyone loves a comeback story – especially, Philadelphia Eagles fans. Follow along with Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) as he works to make his NFL dreams a reality in “Invincible.” Complete your movie night with a legendary cheesesteak from the original, Pat's King of Steaks.

4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Mandarin Gourmet Restaurant

Pittsburgh

A movie and takeout Chinese? Sounds like an ideal night! Watch the legacy of Pennsylvania’s most beloved neighbor, Fred Rogers, come to life in the 2019 film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks. A delicious dinner from the Mandarin Gourmet Restaurant is a definite must since a scene featuring investigative journalist Lloyd Vogel and Fred Rogers was filmed there.

5. Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen – Cappuccio's Meats

Philadelphia

Epic scenes and robot battles in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” are set against unique PA backdrops including the SteelStacks in Bethlehem and the 9th Street Italian Market in Philadelphia. Chow down on a variety of food options available daily from the market’s merchants including taste-filled options from Cappuccio’s Meats!

6. Rocky – Victor Café

Philadelphia

victor cafe
Victor Cafe | Credit @clouddottir via IG 

Is there anything more quintessential PA than movie icon Rocky Balboa running up Benjamin Franklin Parkway and victoriously climbing the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the sounds of “Gonna Fly Now” in this 1970’s classic?! Elevate your movie experience with a delicious Italian dinner from Victor Café, a family-operated gem known for its delicious food and live opera pairings.

7. The Lovely Bones – Double D Diner

Coatesville

You just might want to keep the lights on watching the supernatural thriller, “The Lovely Bones.” Filmed across several southeastern counties, see how many places you recognize, especially the final scene! It was filmed in Coatesville at the Double D Diner, which offers both takeout and delivery options.

8. Queer Eye Season 5 – Reading Terminal Market

Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market
Reading Terminal Market | Credit @louiseffectphotography via IG

Get ready to sit back for an evening of spirit-lifting TV as you follow along with the Fab Five on Season 5 of “Queer Eye.” Filmed in Philly, the episodes feature the stories of 10 hometown and regional heroes as they complete their lifestyle transformations. Order to-go meal options from the Reading Terminal Market featuring a variety of Spanish, Greek, American, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Caribbean cuisine and, of course, delicious Italian desserts from Termini Brothers Bakery.

9. Poured in PA – PA Brewery Finder

Across the Commonwealth

The 11 episode documentary series, “Poured in Pennsylvania,” follows PA's storied beer past, delves into recent growth, and aims to capture the full tale of the beer industry in the Keystone State. Queue the film and crack open a local brew! Choose the right pairing from one of the state’s more than 350 breweries with the PA Brewery Finder.

Craving more information about popular film and tv locations in Pennsylvania? Check out these 14 iconic PA film locations. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state. Don’t forget to never miss an update and sign up for our monthly Happy Thoughts e-newsletter.

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