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'The Shining' hotel may get even scarier as a horror museum

The iconic Stanley Hotel hopes to open a horror museum. Future filmmakers will also have access to a production studio that will make them want to stay forever, and ever and ever.

The Stanley Hotel wants to open its doors to filmmakers, students and tourists as the Stanley Film Center.
The Stanley Hotel

All work and no play not only makes Jack a dull boy. It makes for a boring vacation.

So why not turn the hotel best known for its role in "The Shining" into a horror museum and film facility to attract tourists and moviemakers?

Last week, the iconic hotel announced plans to open a horror museum, as well as a film production studio and archive. The proposed Stanley Film Center will feature both indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, including a 500-seat auditorium and a 30,000-square-foot interactive museum and discovery center featuring rotating exhibits such as "The Walking Dead," according to a statement.

Stephen King, the best-selling author who wrote the book that inspired Stanley Kubrick's 1980 movie, was inspired by the stately Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, after he and his wife spent time virtually alone there during the off-season.

The couple checked into room 217, which was said to be haunted. In fact, King is said to have encountered a young child during his stay, though there were no children visiting at that time, according to the website.

The Stanley Film Center will also have a 3,000 square-foot sound stage, workshop spaces, and postproduction and editing suites for visiting filmmakers and students alike.

The Stanley Hotel

Even the popular SyFy reality show "Ghost Hunters" aired an episode with the team attempting to make contact with any restless spirits roaming the long corridors of the Stanley Hotel.

The hotel is so proud of its horror film legacy that it asked fans to design a hedge maze to look like Stanley Kubrick's version in "The Shining," which plays on a loop on one of the TV channels in every room.

The film center will work with the Colorado Film School in Denver to create integrated educational programs for students and the public. Apprenticeship and artist-in-residence programs will allow students to participate in making the center run.

The Stanley Film Center's founding members include prominent actors, producers and directors including Simon Pegg; George A. Romero, director of "Night of the Living Dead;" Josh Waller; Daniel Noah; and Mick Garris, who often works with Stephen King to turn the author's books into television versions.

"Students and faculty will work side by side with some of the biggest industry names to design exhibits, curate films, program events and lead workshops and master classes," Frederic Lahey, founding director of the Colorado Film School, said in a statement. "This is the type of opportunity that will draw students from around the world."

Before construction can begin, plans for the Stanley Film Center have to be approved by the state, since the project applied for an $11.5 million credit via the State of Colorado's Regional Tourism Act.

Here's hoping none of the students suffer from cabin fever.