Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, is set to become a horror museum and film production studio. The Denver Business Journal first reported the ambitious plans for the historic hotel, which includes "multiple indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, including a 500-seat auditorium; a 30,000-square-foot interactive museum and discovery center that would feature rotating exhibits; a 3,000 square-foot soundstage; classrooms and workshop spaces; and post-production and editing suites."
"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," Stanley Hotel owner John Cullen said in a statement.
But before he can give back, he must receive — as the proposed $24 million budget will rely on $11 million from the state-funded Colorado Regional Tourism Act.
According to a Rolling Stone report, George Romero, Simon Pegg, and Elijah Wood will sit on the founding board. "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," Wood told PR Newswire. "It was practically built for it."
And it sounds like a perfect spot for a spooky vacation. Because all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy.
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