The filming of Netflix's Stranger Things concluded on February 14. Laying the rumours to rest, vans and equipment were pictures inside the Lukiškės prison in central Vilnius.
From rumours to reality
To “reliable sources” confirmed that several episodes of the series' next season would be filmed at the decommissioned Lukiškės prison, Delfi.lt reported in December last year.
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Lukiškės prison 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 production will reportedly involve much of the crew that worked on the HBO/Sky UK miniseries Chernobyl.
Since Lithuania introduced a tax incentive for film production six years ago, the value of foreign productions has grown from several hundred thousand euros per year to tens of millions, Rolandas Kvietkauskas, the director of the Lithuanian Film Centre, previously told LRT RADIO.
One of the biggest projects in recent years was the nuclear disaster drama Chernobyl, much of which was filmed in Vilnius and around Lithuania's decommissioned nuclear plant in Visaginas.
Netflix's award-winning science fiction series Stranger Things is set in Indiana and has so far been shot in Georgia, USA. Season three concludes with scenes set inside a prison.
Vilnius Film Office, a municipal agency, previously said it plans to present the Lukiškės prison at film industry events, hoping to attract foreign productions.