June 2009 Newsletter

June 11th, 2009 by Ralphie

Leg Lamps Back In Stock – Just in time for Father’s Day

Leg Lamp In Gift ShopLeg Lamps are back in stock and on sale just in time for Father’s Day.  Give your “Old Man” a gift that doubles as “A Major Award!!!”  Both full size leg lamps also come with a free A Christmas Story T-shirt.  Full Size leg lamps start at only $99.99.

Click here to visit our gift shop.

The Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story is one of the most iconic and recognizable movie props of all time.  Replicas of the leg lamp have become prized “Major Awards” for fans everywhere.  A Christmas Story author, Jean Shepherd was inspired to create the leg lamp after seeing an illuminated Nehi Soda advertisement.  The design of the leg lamp for A Christmas Story is the work of production designer Reuben Freed.  Unsure of exactly what a leg lamp was or should look like Freed presented a couple sketches to Shepherd who said, “Yep, that’s it!”  Freed then produced three leg lamps for the movie and went through several shade styles before settling on the large golden bell shade with black fringe seen in the movie.  None of the three original leg lamps survived the production of the movie.  All three props were broken on set during the filming.

Father’s Day Packages and Specials – A Tribute to the Old Man
A Christmas Story Father's Day PackagesTo make shopping easier this Father’s Day we have put together several packages that make the perfect Father’s Day gift for your “Old Man.”  Packages start at just $29.99 and are available in the museum gift shop.

On Father’s Day, Sunday June, 21st, bring your Old Man to A Christmas Story House & Museum and he will receive half off of admission.

Click here for more information on our Father’s Day Packages.

A bit of trivia about Ralphie’s Old Man:

The part of the Old Man was originally offered to Jack Nicholson, who reportedly was interested in playing the part. Director Bob Clark, however, lobbied hard for Darren McGavin. The producers, worried about Nicholson’s typically large salary requests, eventually approved McGavin.

Though the Old Man’s first name is never mentioned in the film.  In the shooting script it is revealed to be Frank.

Mark Klaus’ Hollywood Christmas Movieland – Announces Location

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Great Northern Mall, just outside of Cleveland in North Olmsted, Ohio, will be the sight for this years “Holly”wood Christmas Movieland. 100s of original props, costumes, and production stills from your favorite Christmas movies will be on display!  There is no greater Christmas movie collection of rare, kooky and memorable props and costumes any where!   A Christmas Story House & Museum and Christmas Movieland are partnering to provide the best Christmas movie experience possible.

Mark Klaus, owner of “Holly”wood Christmas Movieland, is a well known and accomplished artist.  This year he will be producing an exclusive lighted A Christmas Story House piece.  Mark is well known by his collectors for the intricate miniature details included in his sculptors. The front of the piece features the Parker Family: The Old Man, Mom, Ralphie and Randy. The back features A Christmas Story House complete with lighted leg lamp in the window and each will include an original piece of the wood siding from A Christmas Story House that was on the house during the filming of the movie.

These pictures are images from which the piece will be sculpted.

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For more information on Christmas Movieland visit: christmasmovieland.com


Christmas in July Preview

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We will once again be celebrating Christmas in July with fun activities, games, and prizes the weekend of July 25th and 26th.  If you missed it last year be sure to join us for both leg lamp bowling, leg lamp ring toss, bb-gun shooting range and several other special events  We’ll also sponsor a food drive with discounts on admission for every can of food you bring.  A schedule of events will be provided in our next newsletter and posted to our website in the coming weeks.

Also during July be sure to join us Sunday, July 19th for our neighborhood’s Taste of Tremont Festival!

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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.

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