Gwinnett Place Mall is getting some new life this week by going back to an old time.

Back to the 1980’s — which happens to be when the mall in Duluth opened — that is.

The Netflix series, “Stranger Things,” has taken over parts of the mall for filming of the show which means vacant store fronts in the struggling shopping center are getting overhauls that include some retro looks.

The show is currently filming its third season, which will be released next year.

From the outside, the only hints that something is up at Gwinnett Place are the production trucks and tents in the parking lot, and the signs for the “Starcourt Mall” over the entrance located between Beauty Master and the former Belk store.

Inside, there are extras hanging out near the former food court in 1980’s fashions and hairstyles — such as the occasional mullet or rat tail on guys and permed and crimped hair on females — as if there was nothing out of the ordinary about their appearance.

Several extras were at the mall on Friday, but a casting call listed on www.castingtaylormade.com lists the filming dates as Monday through Wednesday and again on Friday of the upcoming week.

Female extras have to answer a “hair questionnaire” about what they are willing to let hairstylists working on the show do to their hair, according to the casting call.

One wing of the mall, at the old food court and the entrance to Beauty Master from inside the mall, has been blocked off for filming with members of the production team and mall security keeping an eye on the area to keep intruders out.

What can be seen of the set are some old 1980’s mall staples, including a Radio Shack, a cinema, wood paneled mall information signs and even a sign on a wall that a Spencer’s Gifts is coming.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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