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The Starcourt Mall was a shopping center located in Hawkins, Indiana and a subsidiary of Starcourt Industries. The mall's opening in 1985 was inaugurated by Mayor Larry Kline. Both Steve Harrington and Robin worked at the Scoops Ahoy in the mall's food court.

Although Starcourt appears to be a normal mall at first glance, it was actually built as a front for a secret Russian base, which houses the first Key built on American soil. This base was hidden far underground. Starcourt Industries is also controlled by the Soviet Union.

Starcourt Mall was destroyed by a fire at the end of Season 3 and burned to the ground following the kids' battle with the Mind Flayer. At least thirty deaths, including Billy's and Hopper's, were falsely attributed to the fire due to intervention by the U.S. government.

Description

"Starcourt Mall is Hawkins' first premium shopping center featuring many trendy shopping facilities, where families, friends and teenagers can come together to hang out, shop, dine and enjoy.[1]" - Starcourt Industries

Outlets

Shops

  • The Gap
  • Sam Goody
  • Waldenbooks
  • Claire's
  • Zales
  • RadioShack
  • Kaufman Shoes
  • Jazzercise
  • Wicks 'N' Sticks
  • Regis Hairstylists
  • Lovelace Lingerie
  • Fine Perfumes
  • Camera Repair
  • JCPenney
  • JCPenney Home Store
  • SHAPES Activewear Outlet
  • The Game Player
  • Chess King
  • The Eyewear House
  • ESPRIT - Coming Soon
  • Spencer's Gifts - Coming Soon

Food Court

  • Scoops Ahoy
  • Hot Dog on a Stick
  • The Great Cookie
  • Tepanyaki
  • New York Pizza
  • Orange Julius
  • Burger King
  • Hawkins’ Heroes
  • Hot Sam Pretzels
  • Imperial Panda
  • The Nut Shack
  • Wyatt's Cafeteria
  • The Ground Round
  • Taco Bell - Coming Soon

Entertainment

  • Starcourt Cinemas
  • Time-Out Arcade
  • Flash Studio

Loading Area

  • LYNX Transportation

Behind the scenes

Starcourt Map

Starcourt Mall Directory, taken by a fan on-set.

The filming location for the Starcourt Mall was the Gwinnett Place Mall, located in Duluth Georgia. In preparation for filming, a portion of the mall was remodeled to resemble a mall from the time period, including several popular outlets from the '80s.[2]

During the filming of season three, many mall guests of the mall looked into the site and recorded with their phones. this caused distress with the cast and crew.

The movie theater facade was built completely on the set.[3]

In celebration of the third season's release, an event titled the Starcourt Mall Experience will be held at Tower Records in Hollywood, California on July 5-7.[4]

Trivia

  • Kaufman Shoes, one of the stores at the mall, was created purposely for the plot of the third season and didn’t actually exist during 1985.[3]
  • The name "Starcourt" is a possible reference to the Soviet Union's star and sickle flag, which itself appears in the opening scene of "Suzie, Do You Copy?".

References

  1. "Stranger Things Season 3 Video" TV Line. July 16, 2018
  2. "Gwinnett Place Mall goes back to the future for ‘Stranger Things’" AJC. May 11, 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 "‘Stranger Things’: Everything We Learned About Season 3 On Set at the Starcourt Mall" Collider. June 14, 2018
  4. Stranger Things Experience
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