It’s not a Ball! The women are all dressed wrong. Mr. Ullman says these people are, “all the best people” and there’s not one woman in a formal ball gown. It’s not a July 4th Ball and these are not rich people!
They’re not standing in a Ball Room in the photo either, they’re standing in a foyer. There are no tables, no chairs and no bandstand like The Overlook’s Gold Room, which is a ball room with a foyer. They’re standing in the foyer of an old theater (a large, vast room in a theater, opera, concert hall, showroom, cinema, etc. adjacent to the auditorium.), and a foyer is also described as a lobby. It’s similar to Radio City’s Entrance Hall. The photo is taken in a lobby and we’ve seen The Overlook’s lobby and foyer and the July 4th photo is obviously not The Overlook’s lobby as it can not be found anywhere in Stanley Kubrick’s Elstree Studio’s set. It’s only The Overlook in the minds of those who wish to not believe their own eyes, and you can’t use it as proof that Jack was there in a previous life.
Stanley Kubrick does say the photo “suggests reincarnation” in his interview with Michel Ciment. but he cleverly doesn’t say where. The photo is obviously not The Overlook.