Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Shawshank Prison To Open As Tourist Attraction

615x330-shawshank3.jpg
615x330-shawshank1.jpg
615x330-shawshank2.jpg
615x330-shawshank4.jpg
615x330-shawshank5.jpg

The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best-loved films of all-time - and now you could visit the actual prison where Red and Andy played out their epic tale.

The Ohio State Reformatory, which was the main location for the 1994 movie's prison, is now being opened for tours. The move came after the prison, which closed as a working building around 25 years ago, had successfully hosted ghost tours, a Halloween and murder mystery festival last year and a Shawshank anniversary celebration last weekend. The roof has now been fixed and plans are afoot to upgrade the rest of the building so that it will be visitable all year round.

The reformatory will be the high point of a 13-stop Shawshank Redemption bus tour which will also include visits to the bench where Brooks (James Whitemore) fed the birds, Malabar Farm State Park where Andy (Tim Robbins) followed his wife and the Bissman building where Brooks and Red (Morgan Freeman) live after they have been released.

The Reformatory was closed in 1990 after 94 years in service, originally as a boys reformatory and latterly as a maximum security prison with six feet thick walls, and was taken over by the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society after they purchased it for $1. Up until now, fans have organised their own tours, but these have carried their own dangers; tour guide Pastor Ron Puff has said that, "To be honest, we don’t have keys for some of these [cell doors]", so don't close them behind you, or you could be doing some time yourself.

The film was directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, which was found within the Different Seasons collection and was not a box office success; however, it went on to become one of the biggest selling home entertainment releases of all-time.

TAKE THE ULTIMATE DIFFERENT SEASONS QUIZ HERE

(Images: AllStar)

[via Cinema Blend]

Related

shawshank.jpg

Inmates Attempt Real Life Shawshank Escape

Big 2.jpg

Rapstar world exclusive

shawshank1.jpg

Stephen King Never Cashed His $5000 Shawshank Cheque

stone-hero.jpg

It's Mr Stone...

green-mile-hero.jpg

Wisdom from The Green Mile

casay-use.jpg

Beauty in the Balearics

Comments

More

Ray Winstone on family, feminism and how film stars have changed

His wilder years may be behind him, but a return to his roots has given Ray Winstone a new lease of life

by Jimi Famurewa
27 Apr 2017

Watch Mindhorn for FREE with ShortList Film Club

Check out the new film starring Julian Barratt

27 Apr 2017

M. Night Shyamalan announces sequels to Split and Unbreakable

*SPOILERS INSIDE*

by Gary Ogden
27 Apr 2017

Julian Barratt on jazz, memes, and the Chuckle Brothers

We spoke to the "miserable, slightly pretentious" comedian

by Ralph Jones
27 Apr 2017

John Boyega photobombing hardcore Star Wars fans is essential viewing

The man knows to make an entrance

by Matt Tate
26 Apr 2017

Heath Ledger's sister talks about her brother in tender new interview

Kate Ledger gently refutes claims that his role as the joker led to his fatal overdose

by Tom Mendelsohn
26 Apr 2017

Jeff Goldblum set up a free food giveaway for the sake of a 6/10 pun

It's all in the delivery

by Tom Victor
26 Apr 2017

Great news alert: Jeff Goldblum is returning to the Jurassic Park fran

Ian Malcolm is back back back

by Gary Ogden
26 Apr 2017

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs has a release date and new poster

Just look at the names on that poster

by Tom Victor
26 Apr 2017

Watch Chris Pratt confess his love for a bacon sandwich

Haven't we all at one point?

by Matt Tate
25 Apr 2017