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Reformatory To Close Tour Season On September 4

24 Aug , 2017  

It’s that time of the year when regular tours at the Ohio State Reformatory end and preparations for the annual Halloween season event begin.

This year, the popular attraction’s last summer public tours will take place on September 3. On the following day, the venue closes as preparations begin for “Escape from Blood Prison.” Regular day tours will not begin again until November 24. More…

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Stallone, Others To Film In Mansfield; Open Casting Call Issued

15 Aug , 2017  

Mansfield will shortly be the site for yet another Hollywood film.

“Escape Plan 3,” starring Sylvester Stallone, will begin filming this fall in Richland County. Previous installments of the series have included actors Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. More…

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Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio.com Profile OSR

5 Aug , 2017  

A popular culture writer for the twin sites of the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com apparently took a trip west recently to visit the Ohio State Reformatory.

In a piece entitled, “”Shawshank,” ghosts and Lee DeWyse: Historic Ohio State Reformatory home to movies, museum, music,” author Clint O’Connor provides an introduction to the building’s current uses as tourist attraction, concert venue, paranormal mecca, movie set, and more. More…

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Upcoming OSR Concert Previewed In Columbus Underground

24 Jul , 2017  

It’s not typically the case that Mansfield concerts are considered news in Columbus, but this one is an exception.

The upcoming August 27 concert by singer Lee DeWyze was recently previewed in Columbus Underground. As the story reflects, it was the Shawshank connection that lured DeWyze to consider a concert at the Ohio State Reformatory. More…

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This Weekend Brings Ink In The Clink

12 Jul , 2017  

There’s a lot which brings people from all over the Midwest to the annual Ink in the Clink at the Ohio State Reformatory.

Outstanding acts with national headliners. Over 80 of the best tattoo artists in Ohio. Tours of the venerable prison, with a sneak peek of the new Blood Prison experience coming later this year. Food trucks, “adult beverage” stands, and “oddity vendors.” Beer gardens and psychic mediums. More…

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Beards Behind Bars

2 Jul , 2017  

Check out these crazy images from Saturday’s Beards Behind Bars event at the Ohio State Reformatory. A great — and hairy — time was had by all! More…

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Beards Behind Bars

20 Jun , 2017  

Brothers and sisters of the brush, unite!

The Gnarly Beard Company, which is dedicated to taming tangled bears by using all nature balms and oils, is presenting “Beards Behind Bars” on July 1 at the Ohio State Reformatory. More…

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OSR Opens For 2017 Tour Season

3 Apr , 2017  

The venerable Ohio State Reformatory has officially opened its doors for the 2017 tour season.

Through September 3, OSR is open for tours between the hours of 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, every day. Guided tours take approximately 1 ½ hours and are offred between June and August on Saturdays and Sundays. Special guided tours are also available, and more than one can be taken during a day’s visit. More…

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Moonshine Bandits Release OSR-Filmed Video

8 Mar , 2017  

Central California hell-raisers, the Moonshine Bandits, have premiered their video for the track “Take This Job” featuring country music legend David Allan Coe online with Billboard at http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/7709033/moonshine-bandits-david-allan-coe-video-take-this-job-shove-it. The video was filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory (a.k.a Shawshank Prison), which is the same prison where David Allan Coe once incarcerated. Coe recorded portions of the video inside the same cell where he once resided inside Shawshank prison. More…

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OSR Announces Spring & Summer Special Events

28 Feb , 2017  

Regular tours and ghost hunts at Mansfield’s Ohio State Reformatory complex take place throughout the year. Every so often, these are joined by special events that take advantage of the landmark’s location, unique spaces, and ambiance.

During the spring and summer of 2017, those special events will include the following: More…

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Ohio State Reformatory Updates

31 Dec , 2016  

Ticket Giveaway – A Ghost Hunt ticket giveaway will take place on the Ohio State Reformatory MRPS Facebook Page on January 3. Those will enter will have a chance to win two ghost hunt tickets for the January 21 Public Hunt. More…