C Cleveland

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Last week, I shared some memories of one of my favorite downtown Cleveland department stores that has since closed. I also mentioned that parts of the movie, A Christmas Story, were filmed here in 1983.

In 2005, a California man who was a huge fan of the movie, was the winning bidder in an eBay auction for the house that "Ralphie and his family lived in". He decided to make into a tourist attraction with a museum and a gift shop. When he bought it, it looked like this.

The previous owner had installed new windows and aluminum siding so some renovations were required to bring it back to its original movie glory.

A Christmas Story cast reunion around the leg lamp in A Christmas Story House just before the Grand Opening. From left to right Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Yano Anaya (Grover Dill), Tedde Moore (Miss Shields), Ian Petrella (Randy Parker), Scott Schwartz (Flick), Patty Lafontaine (Head Elf) and Drew Hocevar (Male Elf).

Much like other show and movie reunions, you'll notice that the main characters are blatantly missing from the reunion. What's a reunion without Ralphie?

When you're planning your next trip to Cleveland, keep in mind that the Christmas Story house is open year round so it's not just a holiday attraction. And if you're stumped about what to get that person who has everything, the gift shop across the street carries these unique items.

A replica of Ralphie's bunny suit that he got for Christmas. A steal at $99.99

The major award leg lamp, $99.99.

A bar of Lifebuoy soap

Radio Orphan Annie's decoder pin, $7.99

Randy's scarf, $24.99

Schwartz stocking cap, $24.99

Flick's aviator cap, $34.99

And last but not least, Ralphie's prized Red Ryder bb-gun, $179.99

Whatever you do, don't shoot your eye out!

1 comment

  1. BRAVA! Awesome post, Chrissy!

    What fabulous movie that is! I had no idea it was shot in Cleveland!?

    It's so cool to see the picture of the house after they restored it to it's original look!

    I think I'll take the bunny suit!


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