When you think of filming sites for some of the most beloved movies ever made, does the city of Mansfield, Ohio spring to mind? It should! In addition the everyday pleasures of living in Mansfield, you'll find that the streets of our city have been walked by some of the biggest stars that Hollywood has to offer, and blockbuster season is about to return to our corner of Ohio with the production of a new Sylvester Stallone film in the city. Our REALTORS® are ready for lights, camera, action, and we've got all the details on why Mansfield is a true Hollywood hot-spot.
The Ohio State Reformatory is a large, impressive complex, with thick walls, gorgeous stonework, and imposing Gothic beauty. It also held some of Ohio's most high-profile criminals during its nearly 100 years of operation, and there are no shortage of ghost stories--and ghost hunters--to be found around its historic grounds. Today, the Ohio State Reformatory has become a popular spot for tourists, and not just for the ghost stories.
That's because this is the prison where filming took place for The Shawshank Redemption, one of the most beloved films to ever hit the silver screen. If you ever wanted to see the exercise yard where Red held court, or the jailhouse library where Andy refined his epic plan, you'll have an easy trip from homes in Mansfield, Ohio. If you're really feeling adventurous, stick around for a haunted ghost tour after seeing the grounds during daylight.
The Ohio State Reformatory was also a primary location during the filming of Tango and Cash, the 1989 action film starring Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone. The Ohio State Reformatory portion of filming during Tango and Cash focused on the western cell block, and the prison is certainly one of the most memorable locations from the film.
The Ohio State Reformatory site draws attention for many reasons, and there is whole society dedicated to its upkeep. Much progress has been made on restoration over the years, and the steady flow of fascinated visitors makes it easier for that work to continue.
It has been a little while since the last big film production in Mansfield, but we're happy to share the news that Hollywood is returning to the city in a major way. Production for the new Sylvester Stallone film Escape Plan 3 will be focused primarily in the Ohio State Reformatory, where the early rumors are that more than 90 percent of the movie will take place. Having been in the city before for the production of Tango and Cash it's clear that Sly Stallone sees something special in our corner of Ohio.
As was the case with The Shawshank Redemption, it seems that everyone from directors and producers to on-screen talent immediately fell in love with the Ohio State Reformatory as a filming site. Given the name of the film, Stallone's previous exploits, and the imposing beauty of the Reformatory, we have some guesses about where the plot for this one will be headed. And knowing how much Hollywood loves coming to Mansfield to film, we doubt it will be the last big movie to be filmed in our area.
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