The Stanley Hotel Opening New Horror Museum And Film Center

October 25, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:


If you are ever in Estes Park Colorado, The Stanley Hotel is a must see.  Last trip up  to RMNP I thought I'd do a wide angle shot of the front of the hotel.  There are mountains all around this incredible landmark that was the inspiration for the Book "The Shining", and the view from the front of the hotel gives a view of Rocky Mountain National Park snow covered peaks.   It was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the rich and famous, including the RMS Titanic survivor Margaret Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and a variety of Hollywood personalities. The hotel and its surrounding lands are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1903, Stanley, who was co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, came to Estes Park for his health. Stanley suffered from tuberculosis and came West at his doctor's suggestion. The doctor arranged for Stanley and his wife, Flora, to stay in a cabin in Estes Park for the summer. Immediately, they fell in love with the area and Stanley's health began to dramatically improve. Impressed by the beauty of the valley and grateful for the improvement in his health, he decided to invest his money and his future there. In 1909, he opened the elegant Stanley Hotel, a classic hostelry exemplifying the golden age of touring. Colorado Fine art panorama nature landscape photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, corporate artwork, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C)   - All Rights Reserved.  Please feel Free to share our links, with Family or Friends who may also enjoy them.   If you like my Art Gallery, please spread the word and press the Pinterest, FB, Google+, Twitter or SU Buttons! Thank you!  *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

The Stanley Hotel is one of the most recognizable hotels in the world, most people know it as the backdrop for Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’. The hotel 140 room hotel, built by Freelan Oscar Stanley, opened on July 4th, 1909. The hotel, rumored to be one of the most haunted hotels in the world, is now seeking to become a horror museum.


The hotel hopes to open a horror museum and build a new facility to house a film production studio. The founding board members for the new Stanley Film Center includes Elijah Wood and Simon Pegg. The new center will house an auditorium, a sound stage, an area for post-production and editing, as well as a mobile film exhibit. The nonprofit center will collaborate with the Colorado Film School.

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The Stanley Hotel is depending on fans of ‘The Shining’, visitors, it’s ghost tours and annual horror film festival, investors and aid from the Colorado tourism board for their new year-around horror museum and film center, which carries a hefty $24 million price tag.

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