-- The Stanley Hotel, best known for its role in the Stephen King novel and hit movie "The Shining," could become the home of the "world's first horror themed museum, film archive and film production studio."
The Estes Park, Colorado, hotel has long been a must-see for film enthusiasts and horror hunters alike. And if the people behind the project get their way, the "horror destination" would draw legions more people. The Stanley Film Center has applied for an $11.5 million credit through the State of Colorado's Regional Tourism Act, which would be generated through film center sales tax.
Big names are behind the project: The founding board boasts some of the biggest names in the film industry, including Elijah Wood, Simon Pegg, George A. Romero, Mick Garris, Josh Waller and Daniel Noah.
"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 said in a statement. "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."
The $24 million, 43,000-square-foot facility would house multiple indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, all with views of the Rocky Mountain National Park, including a 500-seat auditorium; a 30,000-square-foot interactive museum and discovery center, featuring rotating exhibits such as "The Walking Dead"; a 3,000-square-foot sound stage; classrooms and workshop spaces; and cutting-edge post-production and editing suites, according to project backers.
"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."