The filming of Stranger Things in Vilnius and other locations in Lithuania concluded on February 14, according to the Vilnius Municipality.
The show’s director, Shawn Levy, praised Vilnius and Lithuania for the hospitality, adding that “my adventure here in Lithuania in bringing the reveal of the ‘American’ to life has been a huge challenge but an even bigger inspiration”.
The show’s producer Iain Peterson also called Vilnius a very cinematographic and illustrative city, according to BNS. Read more: Netflix starts filming Stranger Things in Vilnius – photos “The possibility to [transform] Vilnius’ spaces is the city’s strong point that fascinates creators,” said Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius, according to a press release.
Lukiškės prison, where the filming took place, closed in July 2019 after more than a century in operation. The facilities were used by the Russian Empire, the Nazis and the Soviets, the inter-war Lithuanian government, as well as present-day Lithuania.
The rumours surrounding Stranger Things filming in Lukiškės prison began in December last year, after two sources revealed to Delfi.lt that the show will be coming to Lithuania.
However, the sources said the filming would take place in the summer.
The show’s director Shawn Levy, meanwhile, said the producers were “working alongside the brilliant Netflix team for months to pull off this surprise”.
After announcing a tax incentive for film production, several high profile TV series were filmed in Lithuania over the last several years, including HBO’s Chernobyl, Netflix’s Young Wallander and Tokyo Travel, as well as BBC’s War and Peace.
Vilnius Film Office and the Justice Ministry note the prison, closed last year, has been attracting attention of major foreign film companies.
The upcoming season four of Stranger Things still has no official release date.