Ohio State Reformatory

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100 Reformatory Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44905
  • (419) 522-2644
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  • contact@mrps.org

Put yourself in wrongfully convicted prisoner Andy’s (Tim Robbins) shoes with a visit to the Ohio State Reformatory, the backdrop for the 1994 movie “The Shawshank Redemption.” One of the top five largest castle-like structures in the USA, the notorious site also houses the world’s tallest free-standing steel cell block – six tiers, 12 ranges and a total of 600 cells. More details are available at www.ShawshankTrail.com.

Opening its doors in 1896 and boasting more than 250,000 square feet of granite pillars and gothic architecture, Ohio State Reformatory was also the location for movies “Air Force One” (1997), “Tango and Cash” (1989), and “Harry and Walter Go to New York” (1976).

The community that provided the movie backdrop for filming the blockbuster hit “The Shawshank Redemption” two decades ago will host a 20-year filming anniversary celebration August 29-31 2014.  Special events and tours of the actual locations where Shawshank was filmed are being offered in Mansfield, Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio in order to mark the anniversary of the making of Shawshank.  Complete details are available here.  - - See more

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