Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, California closed in 2005.
In 2006 I visited the site of the museum on a warm California night.
When Movieland opened in 1962 it was the largest Hollywood movie themed wax museum in the U.S. It even had a footprint plaza ('Starprint Gallery') outside like Grauman's Chinese Theatre, featuring, among others, love from Phyllis Diller. The free standing building in the front, now a Starbucks, was originally a souvenir shop called 'Starlite Gift Shop'.
The wax figures of Movieland were originally made by Henry Alvarez and Katherine Stubergh. For a time the museum was owned by Six Flags who also operated Stars Hall of Fame in Orlando. In 1985 the museum was sold to the owners of the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, and the quality of the new figures declined dramatically.
The tower sign was the tallest sign in Orange County, and as far as I know the big building on Beach Boulevard is still there.
The Shining is one of the best horror movies ever made. Period.
Suffering from the flu I was watching the movie again the other day. My feeble state didn't allow me to follow the story too closely, so instead I was just looking at the amazing interiors of the Overloook Hotel.
Did you know that the Gold Room in the movie is supposed to be a replica of a ball room at the the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona? A Frank Lloyd Wright building.
I checked out their website and sadly I didn't see any resemblance to Jack's spooky hangout. But of course, Frank Lloyd Wright and everything, it was a very elegant room.
The amazing red toilet is also supposed to be from the Biltmore Hotel, but I haven't been able to verify it.
The Colorado Lounge was modeled very closely after the lounge at the Awhanee Hotel in Yosemite National Park in California. I don't need to show a picture, they are identical.
I don't know where the green bathroom is from, but I know one thing: I want one of those, please! (Only if the old woman would leave the tub before I move in, thank you very much).
Finally, but not least: The hallway carpet. Oh dear me!