October 20, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Actors From 1983 Classic A Christmas Story Reunite in Cleveland to Raise Funds for Restoration of House Showcased in the Film
For the first time in 22 years actors from the holiday cult classic, A Christmas Story, will reunite to help raise funds for restoring the Cleveland house where much of the movie was filmed. In addition to appearances by cast members who played the kid characters, Randy, Flick, and Scut Farkus (plus their teacher, Miss Shield) — the Higbee department store Christmas window featured in the movie will be recreated.
The nostalgic reunion will take place over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 25, 26 and 27) in a series of events that also includes tours of the house, a downtown parade and tree lighting ceremony and several stage performances of A Christmas Story at the Cleveland Play House. Additionally, a return of the film to the big screen at Cleveland’s Tower City Cinemas, plus a display of movie memorabilia at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, are also scheduled.
The house that served as the movie’s centerpiece was purchased recently on ebay by Brian Jones of San Diego, a devout fan and former Navy lieutenant who went into business making and selling exact replicas of the leg lamp that graced the home’s front window in the movie.
Jones has sold nearly 4,000 of the sleek lighted limbs through his company RedRiderLegLamps.com, using the profits to begin restoring the house to its original appearance with the goal of converting it into a non-profit museum dedicated solely to the movie.
His efforts have extended to creating a web site for the house, (www.achristmasstoryhouse.com), while bringing together some of the movie’s pivotal characters for the upcoming events in Cleveland, which are detailed on the web site. Accommodation packages at the Renaissance Hotel, located next to the Higbee building, are also available through the web site. ***