Codenamed M247 Mule, ‘Stranger Things’ prepares for latest shoot in creeped-out Claremont House on July 26-29.

Codenamed M247 Mule, ‘Stranger Things’ prepares for latest shoot in creeped-out Claremont House on July 26-29.

 

Top: The Claremont House on Second Avenue in Rome. First, from March 2019 and, below, from Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Now this is a little confusing.

Those clue-filled, yellow-and-black “road signs” are out already along Second Avenue and connecting neighborhoods, announcing the next round of filming (July 26-29). Area tourism officials working with the state and the production companies face double-secret probation if they disclose who’s in town. So we turn to our investigative reporter, codenamed Google.

What does a search for M247 Mule show? The secret identity of Netflix’s hit, Stranger Things,” back in town for more after extensive, prepandemic taping and more last November. The “mule” reference is confusing as Clint Eastwood’s film about an elderly drug runner carried that name and includes footage off the Southwest Bypass. And then there was this reference: “The M247 Mule is a major antagonist in the 1986 American horror film Maximum Overdrive.”

Thanks, but we’ll stick with “Stranger Things” to make it easier.

The image to the right is from a larger photo we took on East Ninth Street just before Second Avenue, home to Second Avenue Baptist Church. The parking lots surrounding the church got major use the last time the nearby Claremont House was used by the “Stranger Things” crew in March 2020.

As for the storied home on Second Avenue, please see the before and “after” photos, above.

And this travel note: As with the last shoot, you’ll want to avoid parts of Second Avenue during the onsite work. The DOT detour signs already are in place near the YMCA and the intersection with East 12th Street.

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