MANSFIELD, Ohio – The movie “Shawshank Redemption” has always grabbed me. Thousands of people, like me, have admitted to being emotionally touched by the movie, perhaps because of its lessons about hope, friendship and the quest for freedom from a troubling situation.
I went to Mansfield to visit one of the buildings, which played an instrumental part in the telling of the “Shawshank Redemption,” which starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as inmates and closest of friends serving time in the prison.
However, at the Bissman Building at 193 N. Main St., which was used in the movie as the “Brewer Hotel,” I found it to be a strange structure that was filled with unexplainable activities. It was much more than the film location Hollywood producers had decided would fit their bill for “Shawshank Redemption.”
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