November 4th, 2008 by Ralphie
Convention To Be Held Nov. 28 & 29 In Cleveland
CLEVELAND — The “Christmas Story” house has built an addition to help with the demand for leg lamps.
A Christmas Story House Inc. announced Tuesday that it expanded its operations into Canada, where other scenes in the movie were filmed.
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 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 owner Brian Jones. “We are happy to finally be able to meet the demand for leg lamps north of the border.”
The Canadian branch will coincide with the release date of the 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD of “A Christmas Story.”
There will also be “A Christmas Story” 25th Anniversary Celebration & Convention Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 in Cleveland that will bring thousands of fans of the movie for two days of activities and events at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.
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) and 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, which owns and maintains the fire truck.
“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.
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