The historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, beloved by horror fans as the inspiration for Stephen King’s landmark novel THE SHINING (and recently featured in our list of The World’s Most Haunted Hotels), already attracts legions of King readers and ghost-seeking tourists every year… but if things come together as planned, the century-old landmark may soon become a year-round horror museum, entertainment venue, horror film archive and production studio.
If you’re still reeling from that concept, you might want to know who’s on the board of directors: do the names Elijah Wood, George Romero, Mick Garris and Simon Pegg ring any bells? I certainly hope so.
The Stanley Film Center recently announced their application for an $11.5 million credit via Colorado’s Regional Tourism Act to help finance the project, which the backers hope to include indoor & outdoor entertainment venues, an interactive horror museum and “discovery center,” a large production sound stage, filmmaking classrooms and workshops, and post-production/editing facilities.
Total cost for this undertaking: $24 million.
“I would love to have a home for which we could constantly come year-round and celebrate with other fans from around the world,” Elijah Wood announced. “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.”