New Horror Exhibit is Coming to The Stanley, The Colorado Hotel That Inspired ‘The Shining’

Stanley Hotel Colorado

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is a favorite for those interested in horror and ghost stories. Stephen King stayed there and experienced some spooky occurrences that inspired his iconic book-turned-movie The Shining. The hotel even boasts room 217 as a Stephen King Suite for fans who want to stay in the same room. Tons of tourists visit the hotel each year to learn more about its history and see if they can experience any paranormal activities for themselves. Now, a new horror exhibit is coming to the hotel.

The horror movie studio Blumhouse is launching the exhibit in collaboration with the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media. It has been described as a “mini-Academy Museum dedicated to horror” and will focus on Blumhouse offerings including films like Get Out and M3GAN.

Tour guide Jofia Ross, left, talks to visitors next to a display of movie memorabilia from the popular movie "The Shining" at the Stanley Hotel on January 12, 2016 in Estes Park, Colorado. She is affectionately called Lady J. The Stanley Hotel, which first opened in 1909, and known for its architecture, magnificent setting, and famous visitors, may possibly be best known today for its inspirational role in the Stephen King's novel, "The Shining." This Colorado hotel has been featured as one of America's most haunted hotels and with the numerous stories from visitors and staff

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Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum shared, “The Stanley Hotel is hallowed ground for horror fans and that makes this presence at the Stanley Film Center a natural extension for Blumhouse. Fans are going to get closer than ever before to their favorite films, though they may want to keep their distance with a few of the ‘items’ in our collection.”

The historic Stanley Hotel

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This isn’t the first Blumhouse exhibit of sorts. Blumhouse previously had a presence at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in both Florida and California, using inspiration from films such as The Purge and The Black Phone for live shows and haunted houses. Interestingly enough, The Shining movie wasn’t actually filmed at The Stanley (it used the Timberline Lodge in Oregon for the exterior of the Overlook Hotel but the TV mini-series was filmed at the Stanley) but several other movies have been filmed there including Dumb and Dumber.

Room 217 Stephen King Suite Stanley Hotel

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What do you think about a new horror exhibit at The Stanley? Will you want to check it out? Unfortunately, no word yet on when it may open.

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