1. Where Is Stranger Things Filmed?
Despite the series taking place in Hawkins, Indiana, the show is actually shot in Georgia. The Peach State has been dubbed the "Hollywood of the South" by TIME, thanks to its generous tax incentives and other production perks. It's attracted franchises like The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead, and both Marvel Studios and filmmaker Tyler Perry have set up shop there—among other big names.
Stranger Things production began scouting in areas of Georgia before they settled on the towns of Jackson and Atlanta. Various places serve as pivotal locations for the show including its major landmarks. For example, Emory University serves as the Hawkins National Laboratory. The former Patrick Henry High School was used for Hawkins Middle School and Hawkins High School.
Surprisingly, the Hawkins Starcourt Mall (a major setting for season three) is a real mall just outside Atlanta, Georgia. Because the mall had been largely abandoned, the production team rebuilt dozens of storefronts to make it look like a mall functioning in the ’80s.
While an abandoned mall may not be accessible to fans, you can still visit other locations, like the deserted psychiatric hospital at Emory University, Bradley's Big Guy (actually a Piggly Wiggly in Palmetto), Palace Arcade (an abandoned former laundromat in Douglasville), Benny's Burgers (Tiffany's Kitchen in Lithia Springs) and downtown Hawkins (Jackson).