After almost three years, Stranger Things is back this summer with season 4 and it has been way too long for fans. The excitement for the new season has only grown with the delay, but there were a lot of issues around filming. The main one was the pandemic, which caused filming to halt and then begin again in October of 2020. Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin Henderson, told Us Weekly in December 2020 that it definitely changed the way things worked on set.
“It’s definitely an unorthodox form of shooting,” said Matarazzo. “Everyone on set has been very diligent about wearing their PPE. Even for our off-camera work, we keep our masks and goggles on. Lots of distancing. Separation during lunch, and transport from base to set.”
So where was this “unorthodox” filming happening? Warning: minor spoilers ahead.
To start, there were quite a few locations that were needed for the show because some of the biggest characters, Eleven and Byers, have moved across the country to California when the season opens. Dustin, Lucas, and Max are still in Hawkins, Indiana, and Hopper is not disintegrated— but he is trapped deep in Russian territory.
Scenes set in “Hawkins” are generally shot in Atlanta, Georgia, but Decider reports that the scenes in California were actually filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Eleven and Will are attending a fictional school called Californian Lenora Hills High School, and those scenes were filmed at Albuquerque’s Eldorado High School. Other scenes happened at Albuquerque’s Roller King skating rink and in Los Lunas, New Mexico.
All the shots in Russia were done in Vilnius, Lithuania. The scenes where Hopper is seen in a jail cell are remarkably authentic in that they were filmed in Lukiškes Prison, which is centuries old. It is no longer in operation, except for TV and movie making. Pretty much the perfect place for Stranger Things.
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