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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Shawshank Redemption in Mansfield

The Shawshank Trail in Mansfield, Ohio
Mansfield, Ohio has something big to celebrate! Twenty years ago, on September 13, 1994, Mansfield’s Renaissance Theatre premiered the new movie, The Shawshank Redemption.

Much of the movie was filmed in Mansfield and the surrounding area, using extras from the local community. My husband was hired for one of the opening scenes as inmates flood the prison yard. After pacing back and forth all day, dressed as a criminal in ill-fitting shoes, he decided Hollywood wasn’t the profession for him, but no one can argue that it wasn’t a pretty cool experience.

Mansfield Reformatory was the filming site of the Shawshank Trail
The Shawshank prison in the movie is the Mansfield Reformatory, former state prison, turned historic site. The prison is open for tours from April 1st to September 1st. A dozen more film sites in the Mansfield area make up the Shawshank Trail, a do-it-yourself driving tour.

Movie buffs can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie in Mansfield with festivities and special events over Labor Day Weekend, August 29-31st.

During the Holiday weekend all filming locations have special events and tours- many are free. Friday and Saturday, Actor Scott Mann (Linda Dufresne’s lover) can be found at the Pugh Cabin- the opening scene of the movie. In Ashland at the Crosby Advisory Group, LLC (the Maine National Bank in the film) the bank manager of the movie, Jim Kasicki, will be signing autographs as well. Souvenirs and commemorative T-shirts will be available at all sites.

The Pugh Cabin on the Shawshank Trail

For those who would enjoy seeing the movie, The Renaissance Theatre is showing the film on Friday evening ($10, at 7pm). For a memorable Saturday evening on the town, Cocktails at the Reformatory (7:30, $50) offers live jazz, hors d’oeuvres, tours.

On Sunday morning well known author and speaker, Kary Oberbrunner will present a unique 30-minute program at the Shawshank Church, at the Mansfield Reformatory.

You can see the full itinerary and calendar of events at the Shawshank 20th Anniversary website. Lodging specials are available at the Quality Inn & Suites Mansfield.

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Patricia L. Jackson

Saturday 30th of August 2014

Never realized what a jewel was in Mansfield, Ohio! The Shawshank Redemption movie was excellent and such a valued movie. We went to the Reformatory today and were in line behind people from Massachusetts!! Wished I had known about this before! We enjoyed the self-guided tour with some excellent Reformatory employees providing us more information and insight. No more tours this year but next year, we will be back to see the Hollywood tour, the Behind the Scenes tour or one of the others. Do not miss this!!! A learning experience.


Tuesday 9th of September 2014

I missed most of the weekend too. My husband and I did take a self-guided tour. I prefer the guided tours and next year plan to take the Behind the Scenes tour. Protection Status
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