Brooks was here, so was Red, and Andy too. One of the most praised films of all-time, the Shawshank Redemption, was filmed throughout Northeast Ohio. Not only was the film shot within the state, but the premiere of the film was hosted in the same city as the prison it featured, Mansfield, Ohio (The Renaissance Theater). The various scenes that can be linked to Ohio are:
The Shawshank Prison:
The fictional Shawshank Prison is located in Mansfield at the Ohio State (Mansfield) Reformatory. The prison has served as a tourist attraction since it was taken out of operation in 1972. The prison has also been featured in Harrison Ford’s “Air Force One”.
The Brewer Hotel:
The halfway house for Brooks Hatlen after his release from prison is located in the Bissman Building in Mansfield. Today, the Bissman building serves as a ghost hunters haven for its haunted history.
The Oak Tree:
Andy buries his “meet-up” letter for Red under the prominent Oak Tree located in Lucas. The tree is located on private property but can be seen from the Malabar Farm State Park.
Casco Bank of Portland:
Upon escaping, Andy withdraws the wardens funds from the “Casco Bank of Portland” which is actually located in Ashland. The fictional bank served as an operating branch for Huntington National Bank until it closed its doors in 2011.