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The Stanley Film Center

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Set at the footstep of Rocky Mountain National Park, on the grounds of one of America’s most notorious and iconic hotels, the Stanley Film Center will be the permanent home of the horror film genre. The Stanley Film Center will include a world-class 500-seat auditorium, creative classrooms, digital audio and film mixing studios, a sound stage, film discovery center and archive that will exhibit many of the crown jewel artifacts of the film industry, outdoor theater for films under the stars and more. Built and operated in partnership with a star-studded advisory board of filmmakers including Elijah Wood, Simon Pegg,  Mick Garris , Stuart Gordon, Josh C. Waller, George Romero and others, the Stanley Film Center will draw thousands of industry leaders, aspiring artists and film enthusiasts, both young and old, from around to world, to educate, create and celebrate the world’s most popular film genre in Estes Park.

The Stanley Hotel already holds a unique place in the movie genre as the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the novel is one of the most iconic horror films in the history of cinema. As the genre has expanded so has the Stanley Hotel’s reputation as a destination for genre fans and creative artists who pilgrimage to the hotel each year to experience the hotel’s unique history. The hotel attracts over 400,000 visitors each year, many of them eager to experience the paranormal or to pay homage to the film. The hotel also hosts the Stanley Film Festival, regarded as the “Sundance of Horror” which draws Hollywood filmmakers, actors, producers, and horror film lovers from around the globe.

The Stanley Film Center will be a celebration of this unique film and horror legacy. The facility will include a world-class 500-seat auditorium -able to accommodate film premiers, festivals and awards ceremonies- a 13,000 square foot film discovery center and archive that will exhibit crown-jewel artifacts and rare films from around the world, interactive games and experiences for the whole family, film production spaces including a sound stage and editing suites, classrooms and workship spaces and several outdoor theater spaces for “films under the stars.”

Even before construction, the film industry has provided enthusiastic support for the project with exhibit commitments from genre leaders such as Charlie Adlard, artist of the mega-popular THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel (which inspired the TV series) who has offered to share a comprehensive collection of original THE WALKING DEAD artwork, never before assembled in one place. Horror legend Clive Barker and his company Seraphim Films have also offered full support of the SFC, and have offered to curate an exhibit of Clive’s original paintings.

Additional Supporters

The European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals

Frederic Lahey, Director of the Colorado Film School

Alexandre O. Philippe, Creative Director of Exhibit A Pictures

Grand Heritage Hotels Group

and many other industry leaders, aspiring artists and film enthusiasts