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Fans of the film are invited to lend their support by providing items for movie site house


CLEVELAND – July 5, 2006 – Brian Jones and Steve Siedlecki are restoring the home used in the 1983 classic film “A Christmas Story,” and they would like your help. As Jones, owner of A Christmas Story House and RedRiderLegLamps.com, and Siedlecki, the curator and director of A Christmas Story House, restore the home to its original movie appearance, they are looking for donations of items that can be used to accentuate the interior of the house and add to the nostalgic feel of a family dwelling from the 1940s.


In an effort to ensure the authentic feel of the home, Jones and Siedlecki will be scouring garage sales, flea markets and off-beat stores, but their hope is to include many articles that are donated by movie fans and residents of the Cleveland area to recreate the look and feel of Ralphie Parker’s home.


“Our goal is to really represent the home of the 1940s as well as replicating the house we remember from the film, ‘A Christmas Story,’” Jones said. “The producers of the movie chose this area specifically, and we want to be sure to represent the Midwest in the 1940s to give everyone who visits an idea of what made this place such a perfect fit for the film.”


Jones and Siedlecki have already been able to arrange donations from local groups and companies such as the Cleveland division of ICI Paints, which has been working closely with the team to coordinate the right shades for the interior and exterior of the home, and Draco Landscape in Olmsted Falls, which will be donating all of the landscaping.


Those interested in donating items for the house can contact Siedlecki at 216-298-4919 or via e-mail at steve@AChristmasStoryHouse.com. If you have questions on what types of items would be most appropriate, check out the house’s official Web site at www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com where you can view photos of furniture and other pieces used in the movie.


Nov. 25 marks the grand opening of A Christmas Story House, helping to kick off the holiday season. A Christmas Story House will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. After Jan. 16, 2007, the house will be open Thursdays through Sunday. Admission to A Christmas Story House is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Group discounts are available. The price of admission includes a guided tour of the house and yard and admittance into the accompanying museum.


A Christmas Story House is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com .

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