Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman) were imprisoned at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, but the architecturally grand prison that stood in for the fictional hoosegow is actually located in a small northern Ohio town. And the town is so proud of its prison that it hosts tours of the structure and rents it out for weddings and other celebrations.
The Ohio State Reformatory, operated by the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, is touted by the MRPS as "one of our nation's most historic treasures." The structure, which also popped up in 'Air Force One' and 'Tango & Cash,' as well as Lil Wayne's 'Go DJ' music video, hasn't been in full operation since 1972, but, as it still boasts the largest free-standing cell block in the world (six tiers high, divided into 600 cells), it was suitably impressive to stand in as the oppressive structure that housed Andy and Red and their convict cohorts for 'The Shawshank Redemption' in 1994.
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