You don’t have to book a flight to L.A. to get into the proper spirit for the Academy Awards on Feb. 28. There are several spots that are just a car ride or a train trip away where they’ll roll out the red carpet for a flashback into Hollywood history.
1. TCM MOVIE LOCATIONS TOUR, NEW YORK CITY New York has probably been the setting for more movies than any other city, and this three-hour Turner Classic Movies bus tour stops at more than 60 sights from those films. Check out the brownstone where Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly resided in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), the subway grating where Marilyn Monroe showed off her gorgeous gams in “The Seven Year Itch” (1955) and the Empire State Building, where King Kong held tight to Fay Wray. After the tour, make a day of it and visit the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.
2. THE STOOGEUM, AMBLER, PENNSYLVANIA Did a Three Stooges film get nominated for an Oscar? Why, soitenly (that would be 1934’s “Men in Black”). You’ll learn more about the comedy trio who turned pie-throwing into an art at this museum (open Thursdays only) filled with posters, props, costumes, photos, personal effects (Larry Fine’s driver’s license), an arcade game and novelties like Stooges-inspired toilet paper.
INFO 267-468-0810, stoogeum.com
3. THE KATHARINE HEPBURN MUSEUM, OLD SAYBROOK, CONNECTICUT The great Kate, who won four Oscars — more than any other actor — is honored in this museum, which is part of a cultural center named after her. Among the treasures on display are hundreds of photos, awards, movie posters and even a self-portrait. If you visit on Feb. 28, you might want to purchase tickets for the Oscar party being held that night.
INFO 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater.org
4. THE “YO, PHILLY!” ROCKY FILM TOUR Sylvester Stallone is a real contender in this year’s supporting actor race for reprising the role of Rocky Balboa in “Creed.” If you want to visit some of Rocky’s favorite haunts, make plans for this tour that includes stops at Mickey’s Gym, the Lucky Seven Tavern, the pet shop where Adrian worked and, of course, the stone steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which have become known as “the Rocky steps.”