The Starcourt Mall From Stranger Things Is a Real Mall in Georgia
Warning: Spoilers for Stranger Things season 3 ahead!
After discovering that the Starcourt Mall in Stranger Things’s third season was actually part of the Russians’s secret base, it didn’t seem all that fun any longer. Even after watching Eleven go shopping for the first time with Max, and seeing Steve get rejected by multiple girls at Scoops Ahoy, it probably wouldn’t be many people's first choice for a hangout spot. But if you take away the Mind Flayer and the scary scientists, fans would certainly be flocking to the mall. That’s why a quick trip to Georgia might be on some people’s minds, after learning Starcourt is a real mall there.
As noted by Decider, the third season of the Netflix series was filmed in Georgia, just like the previous two. And while the mall they shot in doesn’t include a Sam Goody or Waldenbooks like it does in the show, the shopping center does exist. Gwinnett Place Mall is located in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, and is fully functioning for your shopping pleasure.
However, Decider points out that the mall might not be around for much longer, as a sports developer reportedly could be turning the location into a cricket stadium set to fit 20,000. Not quite a Stranger Things vibe.
But for now, Gwinnett Place Mall is still standing, so if you’re a diehard fan of the show and live nearby—or are looking for the perfect pop culture-themed road trip—you might want to check it out (while it's still standing).