Sets of the film The Shining built in the late 70’s on the Stages of the Elstree Studios.
This site contains renderings of different sets from the film the Shining.
Like the Lobby, Colorado lounge and the Gold room.
The sets were constructed in SketchUp.
The renderings were made in Kerkythea and V-Ray.
ELSTREE STUDIOS 1979
The sets for the film The Shining were built at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood England. In 1978.
Director Stanley Kubrick used almost all stages on the site. And not only soundstages but also workshops and offices have been used.
I tried to find out where all sets were built.
There are still some contradictory things on the internet were the sets were build but there is no doubt about most locations.
I’ve had a lot of help from the interviews in “Staircases to Nowhere – Making Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining” with Christiane Kubrick, Jan Harlan, Ron Punter, Doug Milsome and many others.
Vivian Kubrick’s documentary of the Shining has also been invaluable and is still a reference, because it contains set locations that are not properly visible in the film.
Two years ago I came across the documentary by Japanese filmmaker Jun’ichi Yaoi. Thanks to this documentary I was able to reconstruct several places of the Elstree Studios.
The grounds of the Elstree Studios in Borehamwood have shrunk significantly since the 1980s. Tesco now stands on a large piece of land. The story goes that during the preparation of the site intended for Tesco, large quantities of polystyrene were found. A remnant of the ‘snowy’ exterior of the Overlook Hotel. Link
How many sets are there?
Apart from the footage at the Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood in Oregon, which was shot by the 2nd unit team led by Jan Harlan, all recordings on all sets were made in Elstree Studios, England.
Stansted Airport in Essex has also been used to film the scene where Hallorann calls Durkin.
The first set is the Lobby with Ullmans office and the Gray and Green Corridor.
This is a complete set linked together and is built on Stage 4. (demolished in 1989)
BOULDER APARTMENT – Stage 5
Living room, kitchen, hallway, bathroom and bedroom.
Could this have been at the same time as the Gold Room set?
Although I can’t imagine it, the Gold Room was also built here.
I don’t know if the sets existed at the same time. Because, according to Garrett Brown, the film was recorded chronologically, this would mean that the Boulder recordings had to be ready first, and then build the Gold Room.
Maybe Garrett Brown knows how this was built …
COLORADO LOUNGE – Stage 3
The famous hexagon-patterned carpeted hallway on the first floor has Room 237 and a staircase leading to the service hall below.
GOLD ROOM – Stage 5
As mentioned above, Stage 5 has been used for both the Gold Room and Boulder. I have tried to figure out the approximate sizes of Stage 5. Aerial photos compared to existing buildings. Stage 5 probably was 30×25 meters, but I was unable to find out the height.
MAZE (daylight) – former MGM Borehamwood backlot
The center shot of Wendy and Danny in the Maze taken from above was shot in a parking lot and later edited in the film.
The backlot was at the time used at Christian Salvesen as a cold storage depot after the studio was closed in 1970.
MAZE (snow / night) – Stage 1
There is a great moment in Vivian Kubrick’s documentary when the crew looks at a map before filming to avoid getting lost. The smoke and heat was quite exhausting for the actors and crew.
STAIRCASE & CARETAKER APARTMENT – Stage 8 and 9
OVERLOOK HOTEL EXTERIOR & EXTERIOR MAZE – backlot at the rear of Elstree Studios
At the end of the road to the snowcat garage, a hill has been created to hide the houses next to the studio. The trees on the hill are placed in such a way that a forced perspective is created.
THE SNOWCAT GARAGE
The garage set is part of the exterior overlook set.
This can be clearly seen in the scene when Wendy comes running through the ‘snow’ to check the snowcat.
KITCHEN – The Enigma building (Elstree Optical / office)
With the storeroom and freezer.
BOILERROOM – The Enigma building (Elstree Optical / office)
Nowhere on the internet is stated where this set was.
I have a theory: where is the Boilerroom?
BLOOD ELEVATOR – tank on backlot at the rear of Elstree Studios
This was a 1/3 scale set and was used for weeks to prepare shots at high speed. I found a clip a few years ago where tests were done with water. I have never been able to find this video again.
FOREST SERVICE STATION – Stage 7
HALLORANN’S APARTMENT – stage 7
AIRPORT ARRIVAL HALL – Stansted Airport
Stansted Airport in Essex was used for the terminal building interior of Denver Stapleton Airport.
During Dick Hallorann’s telephone conversation, a hilarious scene can be seen in the background of someone who probably cannot find his passport.
I can’t find out where this scene was shot. An existing set may have been used. Many movies have airplane interior scenes.
DURKIN’S SERVICE STATION – ‘the mound’ on backlot at the rear of Elstree Studios
I tried to find out roughly where the buildings stood on the basis of buildings in the background. It can be seen briefly in Vivian Kubrick’s documentary. I have to adjust my previous analysis.
DURKIN’S SERVICE STATION INTERIOR – ‘the mound’ on backlot at the rear of Elstree Studios
There is strong evidence that the interior scenes are also included here.
There were two buildings called ‘store 1’ and ‘store 2’ on the ‘mound’. These buildings were probably used for the Durkin’s set.
stage 2 is a question for me. Which sets were built here? I can’t imagine Stanley Kubrick leaving this set unused. According to sources on the internet “hotel interiors” were built here?
Vivian’s documentary shows a short clip where all the extras dress and make up for the Goldroom scene. It is possible that these preparations took place in Stage 2.
Hallorann’s arrival by road accident. The red beetle!
Is it Stephen King’s beetle?
This was probably also recorded near Durkin’s. Vivian Kubrick’s recordings maybe provide evidence.
although I started reconstructing and drawing sets of the Shining in 2011, there are still some that have not been made yet.
- The bedroom of Hallorann
- The airport arrival terminal and interior airplane
- Inside the maze
- The Snowcat Garage