Not many people know that The Shining is based on events that happened to the novelist, Mr. Stephen King himself after staying at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
King and his wife Tabitha spent an evening at this hotel that at the time was eerily empty. King has previously stated that when he and his wife arrived, the hotel was getting ready to close for the season. They found themselves the only guests in the hotel with all these long, creepy, empty corridors. King has explained that after dinner and later that evening he had a dream of his three year old son running through those corridors, looking back over his shoulder with his eyes wide and screaming. He said that saw he was being chased by a fire-hose and woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over and an inch from falling out of bed.
King had got up and lit a cigarette and sat in a chair looking out the window, and by the time the cigarette was done he had the bones of the book firmly set in his mind.
At busier times many people have reported witnessing strange activity in the hotel. The majority of sightings were reported in the large ballroom where kitchen workers at the hotel heard loud music, dancing, and conversation in the ballroom, only to find nothing. Sound like a film you know?
Parts of the television mini-series version of The Shining were actually filmed at The Stanley Hotel while, (quite ironically given the name) Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of The Shining was shot almost entirely in the studio at Elstree Studios in England. The exterior shots of “The Overlook Hotel” were from The Timberline Lodge in Oregon.
The Stanley Hotel also shows the uncut R-rated version of Kubrick’s The Shining on a continuous loop on Channel 42 on guest room televisions.