Events to mark ‘Shawshank’ milestone

The area communities that provided the backdrop for the blockbuster movie, “The Shawshank Redemption,” are to host a 20-year filming anniversary celebration Labor Day weekend.

Special events and tours of the locations where “Shawshank” was filmed are being offered in Upper Sandusky, Ashland and Mansfield. Slated Aug. 30-Sept. 1, events are open to the public and are to include the extras and crew who worked on the film.

Several of the film’s stars are expected to attend, including Bob Gunton, who played the despicable Warden Norton.

“The magic of this movie has truly worked its power over people all around the globe. From Australia and Morocco to Canada, France and even Poland, people recognize me as the Shawshank warden,” Gunton said. “They want to pay homage to this movie and they can do so in Mansfield, where the prison really was the star of the movie. For so many, it’s a spiritual, if not a nearly religious, experience.”

The Ohio State Reformatory is to offer tours beginning at 10 a.m. at a cost of $9 for adults and $7 for kids ages 7-17, seniors and members of the military. Audio tours are an additional $5 and parking is $2.

Wagon tours at Malabar Farm State Park to Pugh Cabin (opening scene in the film) and past the Shawshank oak tree are offered 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday for $2. Various self-guided tours also are to be offered.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 30, the Renaissance Theatre, which hosted the premier of “The Shawshank Redemption,” is to offer a 7 p.m. showing of the film, replicating its 1994 premiere.

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From 7-9 p.m. Aug. 31, the main event is a Shawshank Reunion cocktail reception in the Ohio State Reformatory central guard room. Guests can enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and special guided prison tours. Tickets are $40 and space is limited. Parking is $2.

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