Blumhouse is conjuring up a horror haven at The Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado – the inspiration behind Stephen King’s The Shining.
Blumhouse, renowned for its horror films such as 2018’s Halloween, M3GAN, and The Purge, has been chosen to curate the 10,000-square-foot exhibit space at the Stanley Film Center. They will carefully select content from their extensive catalog of movies, TV shows, and gaming. This announcement was made by the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
King famously stayed at the Stanley Hotel back in 1974 when he was first drafting The Shining. The hotel’s atmosphere and isolated setting influenced the in-development book. Following the novel’s release in 1977, the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation debuted in 1980. Since then, staying at the Colorado resort has been something of a bucket list item for horror fans.
Blumhouse’s CEO Calls The Stanley ‘Shining’ Hotel Hallowed Ground for Horror Fans
The Stanley Hotel “is hallowed ground for horror fans, “said CEO Jason Blum in a press release. “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. They may want to keep their distance with a few of the ‘items’ in our collection, Blum teased. “We’re excited to get to work, but first, we need to make it out of the hedge maze.”
In 2015, the Colorado Economic Development Commission approved the Stanley Film Center as a regional tourism initiative. The project aims to attract visitors to the community and state, with a $46 million contribution towards its construction. However, the film center’s main building, covering 67,000 square feet, is estimated to cost around $70 million.
John Cullen, president of the Grand Heritage Hotel Group that owns the Stanley, commented on the project. “Bringing Blumhouse to the Stanley is exciting and terrifying at the same time,” said Cullen. “We searched the world for the right partner to bring the Stanley Film Center exhibit space to life as a horror destination. There’s no one better than Blumhouse. With the support of the state of Colorado, and the boundless creativity and worldwide track record of success of Blumhouse, we hope to create something truly special that honors and celebrates the past, present, and future of horror.”
Cullen aspires to see the completion of the film center construction within two years. Even after the sale, he will continue to oversee the property. In essence, the sale itself will be a generous contribution towards supporting arts and education in the state, becoming a lasting testament to his legacy.
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