FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND – Nov. 4, 2008 – Coinciding with the release date of the 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD of “A Christmas Story,” A Christmas Story House Inc. today announces that it has expanded operations into Canada. The Ohio-based company that owns and operates A Christmas Story House & Museum in Cleveland and an online leg lamp company and gift shop selling items relating to the 1983 holiday film “A Christmas Story” has opened an online branch based in Oakville, Ontario. The Web site for the Canadian operation is www.AChristmasStoryHouse.ca.
“The movie was filmed in three locations – Toronto and St. Catharines, Ontario, and Cleveland, Ohio – so it’s only fitting that we be able to serve the customers in the communities that made this film possible,” said Brian Jones, owner of A Christmas Story House. “We are happy to finally be able to meet the demand for leg lamps north of the border.”
To lead the branch, A Christmas Story House has Tyler Schwartz as director of Canadian operations. An Oakville-native, Schwartz is a true fan of the film. He has researched all of the film’s shooting locations and documented his two-year adventure in a 90-minute film called “Road Trip for Ralphie.” While filming this documentary, Schwartz struck up a friendship with Jones who later approached him about opening a Canadian location.
Schwartz’s “Road Trip for Ralphie” documentary will premiere at “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention, held Nov. 28-29 in Cleveland that will bring thousands of fans of the movie for two days of activities and events at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Other Canadian-related highlights at this year’s convention include:
· A reunion of actors from the movie, including Canadians Tedde Moore (Miss Shields), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus) and Dwayne McLean (Black Bart)
· Rides in the original fire truck used in the movie from Flick’s famous tongue-on-the-flagpole scene with proceeds benefiting the Chippawa Volunteer Fire Department of Niagara Falls, Ontario, which owns and maintains the fire truck
· The unveiling of newly acquired costumes from the film which have been in storage these past 25 years at a Toronto costume company
· The first public display of two Genie Awards won by “A Christmas Story” for Best Achievement in Direction and Best Screenplay on loan from the estate of Bob Clark, director of “A Christmas Story”
“A Christmas Story” premiered around Thanksgiving of 1983. It starred the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man and Peter Billingsley as Ralphie who famously pleaded for a Red Ryder BB gun, although everyone assured him he would only shoot his eye out. The film became a holiday favorite years after its theatrical release and is celebrated annually on cable in the United States with a daylong marathon.
For more information on “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention,” including a schedule of events, hotel packages and convention tickets, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com.
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