You can stop fantasizing about becoming a resident of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, because Netflix is giving us the chance to pretend we belong to the Stranger Things universe. At an upcoming exhibit called “Because You Watched," the streaming service will recreate locations from some of its most popular original shows like The Crown, Dear White People, GLOW, Ozark, and, of course, Stranger Things.
The name "Because You Watched" is a clever little nod to the fact that Netflix provides you with a litany of suggested titles based on your viewing history.
"From the team that brought you your last LOL, WTF, and ugly cry, you’re invited into the world of Netflix. For one weekend only, take a journey through the worlds of Netflix originals," says the exhibit's official website. "With each step you take, mysterious forces will help guide you towards another show that’s right up your alley. There will be costumes. Props. Surprises. And of course, plenty of opportunities for selfies."
Hawkins's Palace Arcade is lovingly recreated, complete with four arcade games in retro cabinets. The jury's still out on whether they function or not, but if they do, see if you can beat MADMAX's score of 751,300 on Dig Dug. Or, you know, take a crack at Dragon's Lair before the Shadow Monster shows up to conquer your dimension.
This is not the first time the titan of streaming has taken creative measures to market its original content. In October, Universal Studios in Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore will feature a Stranger Things-themed maze in honor of Halloween. Participants will traverse Mirkwood, Hawkins National Laboratory and finally, plunge into the Upside Down.
According to a recent survey conducted by Morgan Stanley, 39 percent of subscribers in America believe the company has the best original progrmamming over HBO, Hulu, Starz, and the rest. It is believed the second season of Stranger Things last fall pushed the streaming service ahead of its competition. Genre titles like the Duffer Brothers' sci-fi/horror '80s throwback, Altered Carbon, Lost in Space, and the Marvel shows are a huge part of the success.
The exhibit will only run for two days between June 15 and June 17 at Raleigh Studios Hollywood on Melrose Avenue. Tickets are totally free, but supplies are limited, so you should register ASAP if you're interested in checking it out.