Published Aug 24, 2018"A bear walks into a hotel" sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it was a frightening reality for staff and visitors at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado earlier this week.
Prior to going viral for the bear invasion, though, the hotel was best known as the building that served for the inspiration behind Stephen King's The Shining.
As captured on video shot by the desk attendant, a large brown bear made its way into the lobby of the hotel on Wednesday (August 22) and wandered around. It left the building before any of the sleeping guests were any the wiser.
Check out the clip of the bear on the loose down below.
If the surroundings don't match up with your memories of Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining, that's because Kubrick opted not to shoot at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. Rather, he filmed it on soundstages that were designed to look like the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park — much to King's dismay.
King later supervised a 1997 television version of The Shining, which was filmed at the Stanley.