Once an Inspiration for Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ …Now This Hotel Plans to Be the World’s First Horror-Themed Museum


A couple of years ago, the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park hosted the Stanley Film Festival, an event that gives recognition to everything the horror genre offers. However, that’s not what made the hotel very popular. According to its staff, the hotel’s main claim to fame is the inspiration it had on Stephen King‘s The Shining.

Although it has to compete with other creepy hotels in the state like Ahwahnee Hotel and Timberline Lodge, it is the only one in Colorado that seems to have embraced all the eerie happenings.

According to the Denver Business Journal, the Stanley Hotel made an announcement about its plans to create the Stanley Film Center and bring it to the public. It will become a place that celebrates the horror genre in all its murderous glory. If everything goes accordingly, the property will become “the world’s first horror-themed museum, film, archive, and film production studio.”

Reports say that this $24 million-worth project, which spans up to 43,000 square feet, will include a 30,000-square-foot interactive museum, a 500-seat auditorium, as well as a spot for the Colorado Film School.



Some additional offerings from this horror-themed museum features some of the world’s best known horror geeks such as Simon Pegg, George Romero, and Elijah Wood. 



Elijah Wood only had this to say, “I would love to have a home for which we could constantly come year-round and celebrate with other fans from around the world. There’s really no better place for there to be a permanent home for the celebration of horror as an art form than the Stanley Hotel. It was practically built for it.”


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