October 23, 2015


The 'Shining' Hotel Is Becoming a Giant Horror Museum

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Warner Brothers/Getty Images

If you know the Stanley Hotel, you're already in line. If you know the Overlook Hotel—the Stephen King'd version of the building in 1977's The Shining—you're about to get in line. 

The infamous Colorado destination, which opened in 1909, is planning to turn itself into the Stanley Film Center, which a press release dubs "the world's first horror themed museum, film archive and film production studio." The facility is projected to cost $24 million, so it won't be anything close to a rinky-dink operation.

"I would love to have a home for which we could constantly come year-round and celebrate with other fans from around the world," says actor Elijah Wood, a member of the museum's board along with directors Simon Pegg, George A. Romero and Mick Garris, the frequent King-adaptor who helmed the 1997 Shining miniseries, which filmed at the Stanley. "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."

More details get you drooling:

"Designed by award winning, Denver-based MOA Architecture, the Film Center features multiple indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, all with views of Rocky Mountain National Park, including a 500-seat auditorium; a 30,000 sq. ft., interactive museum and discovery center, featuring rotating exhibits such as The Walking Dead; a 3,000 sq. ft. soundstage; classrooms and workshop spaces; and cutting-edge post-production and editing suites."

No word yet on when the Stanley Film Center is slated to open, but the word is in about whether we'll be visiting, and the word is YESSSSS!!