Events planned for ‘Shawshank Redemption’ anniversary

UPPER SANDUSKY — This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the movie, “The Shawshank Redemption.”
Based on the Stephen King novella, “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption,” the movie portrays the friendship between Andy (Tim Robbins) and Red (Morgan Freeman), inmates in the fictional Shawshank State Prison during the 1940s and ’50s, and how each man copes with brutal conditions there.
Parts of the movie were filmed in Upper Sandusky. Activities commemorating the anniversary will be held Friday through Sunday.
The Wyandot County Courthouse, 109 S. Sandusky Ave., where the scenes in which Andy was convicted and sentenced were filmed, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days, staffed by people who were extras in the film. Antique cars and trucks will also be in display and concessions will be available.
Tours will also be given of the Shawshank woodshop and museum at 228 S. Eighth St., Upper Sandusky, which was the site whenever the actors were working in the prison workshops. Tours will be given from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Period furniture and machinery, a fashion display and period automobiles will be on display.
From 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, actor Frank Medrano will sign autographs.
Donations will be accepted for all of the activities.

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