Stanley Hotel plans to open horror museum and movie studio
The hotel which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining has announced plans to open a horror-themed museum.
The Stanley Hotel in Colorado is renowned as one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Having established the popular Stanley Film Festival dedicated to horror movies in 2013, the hotel is now looking to develop a permanent museum to the horror world, along with a film archive and film production studio.
The proposed center has received support from Hollywood, with the likes of George A. Romero, Elijah Wood and Simon Pegg signed up as members of the Founding Board, and legendary figures such as special effects expert Rick Baker and director Clive Barker have committed to curate exhibits once it opens.
"I would love to have a home for which we could constantly come year-round and celebrate with other fans from around the world," said Elijah Wood. "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."
Plans for the film center include a 500-seat auditorium, a 30,000 sq. ft. interactive museum and discovery center featuring rotating exhibits, a 3,000 sq. ft. soundstage, classrooms, workshop spaces and cutting-edge post-production and editing suites.
"At 109-years-old, the story of the Stanley Hotel is just beginning," said Stanley Hotel owner, John Cullen. "The Stanley Film Center is my chance to give back to the millions of horror fans around the world who have supported Estes Park and the hotel for so many years."
"We're pushing on an open door," said filmmaker and Stanley Film Center creative director Alexandre Philippe. "Film festivals, filmmaker and institutions from around the world are lining up to collaborate and partner with the Stanley Film Center. Our fans should expect more big announcements on the Stanley Film Center to come very soon."
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