Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was just in the beginning stages of filming off East Second Avenue in March when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the film industry across much of the nation.
Now it appears the film crews are back in Rome. Intermittent lane closures will begin Friday between Ninth and 12th streets on Second Avenue.
“There will be some lane closures and intermittent traffic control ... through next week,” said Joe Schulman, communications officer for the Georgia Department of Transportation district.
He said the area will be completely shut down on Tuesday, Nov. 17, “for a portion of the day, between Ninth and 12th streets.”
Part of Second Avenue also will be shut down on Wednesday, Nov. 18, according to a sign posted near the corner of East Eighth Street. Filming equipment has been unloaded along the side of the Claremont House at 906 E. Second Ave.
The large historic blue and white home was one of the local filming locations for the fourth season of the sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things” in March before a statewide shutdown because of the pandemic. Other locations, including the levee, were scattered throughout Rome and Floyd County — as well as across Georgia in the metro-Atlanta area.
In a July presentation to Rome Rotary Club, Lee Cuthbert, a location specialist with the Georgia Film Office, noted the several productions that had recently filmed in the Rome area — including “Stranger Things” and Marvel’s “Black Widow” movie. She said Floyd County has numerous attractions that could interest production companies.
“Black Widow,” starring Scarlett Johansson, currently has a release date of May 7, 2021.
Locally, Playa Azul Media Studios at 510 Broad St. continued filming its reality show “40Akerz & a Brew” with rap group Nappy Roots.
That series, which has visited several well-known breweries in Georgia, began at Rome City Brewing Co. on Broad Street in July.