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Published: Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 2:30 PM
— It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 25 years since cult-classic “The Shawshank Redemption” was released.
The film was shot in its entirety just a short drive away in Mansfield at the Ohio Reformatory.
This August 16-18, travelers are encouraged to join cast members and other Shawshank die-hards in Mansfield to immerse themselves in the film’s iconic characters, sets and history.
Many actors from the film will be in attendance too, offering visitors the chance to meet their favorite Shawshank characters in person.
To date, Bob Gunton (Warden Norton), William Sadler (Heywood), Mark Rolston (Bogs), Frank Medrano (Fat Ass), Alfonso Freeman (Red’s Mugshot and a Fresh Fish Guy), Scott Mann (Glenn Quentin), Renee Blaine (Linda Dufresne) and Claire Slemmer (Bank Teller) will be on hand to meet fans, according to a news release from event organizers. Additional guests, events and features are being added as details are finalized.
Travelers are encouraged to book travel now, but follow @ShawshankTrail social media for updates.
ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
“The Shawshank Redemption” anniversary will be celebrated with more than a dozen original film sites in and around Mansfield hosting tours and events throughout the entire weekend.
The Ohio State Reformatory was featured in the film as Shawshank State Prison. Tours will take visitors inside Warden Norton’s office to Andy’s escape tunnel — and all points in between.
Visitors are invited to travel the full, self-guided Shawshank Trail driving tour as they visit even more Shawshank filming sites, including:
• Bissman Building (Brewer Hotel and Portland Daily Bugle)
• Renaissance Theatre (Premiere of Shawshank Redemption)
• The Shawshank Oak Tree Field (the tree was toppled by high winds in 2016)
• Pugh Cabin at Malabar Farm (Opening scene)
• Crosby Advisory Group LLC (Maine National Bank)
• Revivals 2 Thrift Store (Trailways Bus Station)
• Wyandot County Courthouse (Andy's Trial)
• Shawshank Woodshop (Prison Workshop)
• Carrousel Antiques (Pawn Shop Window)
• Snyder & Hagerman Roads in Butler, OH (Road to Buxton)
• Red's Bus Ride on Rt. 95 in Butler, OH (Bus to Fort Hancock, TX)
• Brooks' Bench (Waiting for Jake)
• KV Market (Food-Way)
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On Friday night, Aug. 16, the film will be shown at the historic Renaissance Theatre, where the movie premiered in 1994.
On Saturday afternoon, Aug. 17, actors will be available for autographs at the Ohio State Reformatory, followed by a cocktail party.
The 5th annual Shawshank Hustle 7k family fun race also takes place on Saturday. This race features a route with filming sites, T-shirt, custom medal, food, music and more. Registration for the race is open. Some events will require tickets, and special anniversary souvenirs will be available for purchase to commemorate the exciting anniversary.
Complete visitor information is available at DestinationMansfield.com or (800) 642-8282.