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The Hotel That Inspired The Shining Is Set To Become A Horror-Themed Museum

Calling all horror movie nerds.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado played an inspirational role in Stephen King’s novel The Shining. You’d think a hotel would shy away from being associated with a murderous writer, but not the Stanley! Nope, they’ve positively embraced it – so much so that they’ve decided to pay tribute to the creepy story and turn the hotel into a museum. A horror museum, in fact. Kinda fitting, if you ask me.

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A projected $24 million development will turn The Stanley Hotel into “the world’s first horror-themed museum, film archive, and film production studio.”

Delighting fellow film and horror nerds around the world, this new project is set to include multiple indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, a 500-seat auditorium, a huge interactive museum and discovery centre, a 300-square-metre soundstage, classrooms, workshop spaces and post-production and editing suites.

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The Stanley Hotel as it stands today – still spooky as hell (Photo: Jennifer Kirkland/Flickr)

Actors Elijah Wood and Simon Pegg are just some of the founding board members of the new Stanley Film Centre, and have expressed their interest in turning this once great hotel into a year-round “celebration of horror”.

We’re just praying they don’t use room 237 for anything because… well, you know.

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