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A Christmas Story Ulitmate Collectors’s DVD Released TODAY!!!

November 4th, 2008 by Ralphie

  




 

A Christmas Story Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD will be released today (November 4, 2008) by Warner Home Video to commemorate the film’s 25th Anniversary. The release includes a Two-Disc DVD, five collectible cookie cutters in iconic Christmas Story shapes; a 48-page cook book filled with recipes inspired by the film; photos and quotes and a custom-designed chef’s apron. All will be festively packaged in a collectible retro holiday cookie tin. 

 

A Christmas Story House & Museum is open year-round on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children (ages 7-12) and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information, visit www.achristmasstoryhouse.com or call 216-298-4919.
Sincerely,

Steve Siedlecki, Executive Director
A Christmas Story House  

 

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‘Christmas Story’ House Expands North Of Border

November 4th, 2008 by Ralphie

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Convention To Be Held Nov. 28 & 29 In 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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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE OPENS CANADIAN BRANCH TO MEET CUSTOMER DEMAND FOR LEG LAMPS WHERE MOVIE WAS FILMED

November 4th, 2008 by Ralphie

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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Ralphie’s House

November 1st, 2008 by Ralphie

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Ohio,
Northeastern Issue,
November 1, 2008

Twenty-five years ago, a movie with a modest budget and an endearing story premiered in the theaters a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Based on the writings and memories of Jean Shepherd, the movie told a nostalgic tale of a childhood Christmas in the postwar Midwest. It was a minor hit, at best, while it was in the theaters, but this movie since has become a holiday classic.

The movie, of course, is A Christmas Story. Little Ralphie Parker, the Red Ryder BB gun, his old man, the leg lamp, bunny suit, mom’s chagrined smiles, and the red-haired bully have become familiar elements to fans. The movie, while set in Indiana, was filmed in Cleveland and in Toronto. The yellow and green house that Ralphie, Randy, and his parents called home was an actual house located in Cleveland, just five minutes from downtown in the Tremont neighborhood.

You’ll shoot your eye out!
The house used in the holiday classic has been restored to its original 1983 movie appearance. Since its opening on Nov. 25, 2006, more than 35,000 people have toured A Christmas Story House, making it a top tourist and pop culture destination in Cleveland. Purchased and renovated by Brian Jones, a true fan of the movie who sells leg lamps for a living, the house takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes where Ralphie Parker dreams of receiving a genuine Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot, range model air rifle for Christmas.

In addition to A Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum and gift shop right across the street. Here, items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured, and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased.

Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more. An additional discount is available for visitors age 60 and older and those 7–12. Younger kids are free of charge. Complimentary tickets are given to the group’s driver and chaperone.

Holiday hours begin Nov. 26, 2008, and continue through the end of the year; groups can visit Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the holiday season ends, the house will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 25th anniversary of the beloved holiday film A Christmas Story takes place in 2008, and the museum is hosting its fourth annual event to mark the occasion. A Christmas Story 25th Anniversary Celebration and Convention will feature appearances by original cast members, the premiere of two documentaries about the movie, rides in the original fire truck from the movie, unveiling of original movie costumes, a BB-gun range in the back yard of the house, along with several other events. The celebration will take place Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28–29, 2008) at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and timed to coincide with Cleveland’s Winterfest.

A Christmas Story House & Museum
3159 W. 11th St.
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 298-4919
www.achristmasstoryhouse.com

 

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