If you can’t get enough of the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things, it turns out you can now visit one of the show’s most iconic locations. Even if you can’t take a trip to the Upside Down (thankfully), you can shop ’til you drop at the Starcourt Mall.
More than just a place to get an ice cream from Scoops Ahoy, the Starcourt Mall was unveiled as the secret base of operations for those villainous Russians in Season 3. If you want to go on your own Stranger Things tour, make sure you stop off at Starcourt Mall. Be warned though, you’ll need to be quick.
Decider reveals how Stranger Things Season 3 was shot in Georgia and used an actual mall. The real-life name of Starcourt Mall is Gwinnett Place Mall, located Atlanta’s Duluth suburb. Considering Stranger Things Season 3 is set in 1985 — and Gwinnett Place Mall opened in 1984 — you can see why Netflix chose the location to film at.
Sadly, it looks like Gwinnett Place Mall is set for closure to make way for a 20,000-capacity cricket stadium. With the much larger Mall of Georgia opening in 1999, Gwinnett Place Mall has faced stiff competition ever since.
Things weren’t helped in 2017 when a body was found inside the food court’s abandoned Subway store. If you’re in the Duluth area though, why not pop by for some ’80s nostalgia.
Elsewhere, fans think the next run of episodes could feature a crossover with Chernobyl?
There was a big Russian presence in Season 3, and while Stranger Things might seem a million miles away from HBO’s gritty Chernobyl, that doesn’t mean Matt and Ross Duffer won’t pull from real history for their show.
Stranger Things has already made a name for itself by retelling the events of Project MKUltra, but now, redditor Gamer_nation takes the whole theory one step further. The post-credits scene of Season 3 saw those sneaky Soviets having captured a Demogorgon in a secret base and neatly set up Season 4.
Gamer_nation splits the show into a definitive timeline and gives us some musings for what comes next:
”Season 1: Winter 1983 (Christmas)
Season 2: Fall 1984 (Halloween)
Season 3: Summer 1985 (Independence Day)
Season 4: should be Spring 1986 (Easter and probably goes into spring break)”
It definitely marries up with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986. The post continues: “Doctor Owens said that they use something familiar to convince the public to not look any further into the strange happenings. So did a nuclear reactor explode or did El have the greatest battle of her life?”
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