The Shawshank Redemption prison set to open as all year round tourist attraction
There are plans to renovate the Ohio State Reformatory to attract more fans
The prison made famous in Oscar-nominated classic The Shawshank Redemption is being restored as a tourist attraction after celebrating the hit movie’s 20th anniversary last week.
Closed in 1990 due to over-crowding, the Ohio State Reformatory brought in more than $10 million from around 80,000 tourists last year for “extreme” ghost hunts, murder mystery dinners and a Halloween festival.
But now, the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society wants to give the part-demolished building a makeover to encourage more Shawshank fans to visit throughout the year.
There are plans to clean, decorate, replace the huge cathedral windows and supply heating to the former prison so that it will be weatherproof for tourists within six months.
Any current visitors take themselves on self-guided tours to landmark sites from the 1994 film, such as the bench where elderly inmate Brooks fed the birds and the old oak tree where Andy hid money for Red.
Over the weekend, a Forties-themed cocktail party was thrown in the Reformatory’s renovated guard room to mark 20 years since The Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, was released.
Fans enjoyed a 13-stop bus tour, re-creations and appearances from some of the cast members, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Surprisingly, considering its number one slot on IMDB’s Top 250 movies list, The Shawshank Redemption was a box office flop and failed to take home a single Oscar despite seven nominations.
TV reviewGrace Dent: Jimmy McGovern's new drama sheds light on sex slavery in the colonies
Eurovision 2015Australian Idol winner unveiled as representative Down Under
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 2 Indian woman creates 'Marriage CV' after parents put her on dating site: 'Definitely not marriage material. Won’t grow long hair, ever'
- 3 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 4 Bad Jews poster 'censored' on London Tube
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
The 9 rules every Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon had to follow are wonderfully pedantic
Toy Story 4: Pixar promises a romcom storyline 'separate' from the much-loved trilogy
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Bad Jews poster 'censored' on London Tube
World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests