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Former Ohio State Reformatory Now Hosts ‘Glamour In The Slammer’
MANSFIELD, Ohio — The old, imposing prison in Ohio where the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed has become a hot spot for weddings and hosts an annual bridal show.
What was once known as the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield is all booked up for weddings through the end of 2012 and has begun taking reservations for 2013.
The bridal show is called “Glamour in the Slammer” and is in its fifth year. The Mansfield News Journal reports the event recently drew nearly 40 vendors and 500 spectators to the reformatory.
The prison closed in 1990 after playing host to more than 155,000 inmates over 94 years.
Operations Manager Susan Nirode of the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society says it’s nice that something that once seemed dark has become bright.