Archive for November, 2013

GRAND OPENING OF A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM GIFT SHOP AND PRESENTATION OF NEW LANDSCAPING

November 12th, 2013 by Ralphie

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A Christmas Story House & Museum Gift Shop and beautiful landscaping opens after over a year of construction and renovation!

CLEVELAND – November 12, 2013 – After much anticipation, A Christmas Story House & Museum will open its newly expanded Gift Shop and present the new landscape and hardscape on Friday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. Come celebrate the finale of 3 years of planning and hard work with the GRAND OPENING event and ribbon cutting ceremony. The public and media are invited! The gift shop first opened in 2006 in a small room inside the A Christmas Story Museum. Shortly after opening, the gift shop was moved next door to a small 900 sq. ft. home, and took up approximately 500 sq. ft. of retail space. Again, there was simply not enough room! After a year of planning, Klaus Home Improvement began construction on the gift shop in the fall of 2012. Today, construction is complete with a renovation that quadruples the size to an expansive 3500 square-feet.

In conjunction with the GRAND OPENING of A Christmas Story House & Museum’s Gift Shop, there will be the unveiling of the new landscaping and hardscape project, completed by Schill Landscaping. This beautiful addition to the property is designed to create better flow, allow for open seating areas, to make the A Christmas Story House & Museum more enjoyable for visitors, and to beautify the neighborhood and community.

Following the GRAND OPENING and presentation ceremonies, visitors are invited to stay and shop! In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of “A Christmas Story”, the first 30 visitors through the Gift Shop doors will receive a door prize! There will also be storewide Black Friday specials between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., including 30% off the 45 inch Leg Lamp and the 50 inch Leg Lamp.

ABOUT THE HOUSE & MOVIE:
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of A Christmas Story starred the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man and Peter Billingsley as Ralphie. The film became a holiday favorite years after its theatrical release and is celebrated annually on TBS with a 24 hour marathon.

A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round on Monday through 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 tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children (ages 7 to 12) and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919. You can also purchase leg lamps and other items online through our online gift shop.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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“A Christmas Story” House & Museum Celebrates 30 Years

November 11th, 2013 by Ralphie

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“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

Well maybe not your eye, but possibly your feet as you run in the first-ever “A Christmas Story” 5K/10K race on Saturday, December 7 in Cleveland, Ohio — in the city that is home to the actual house the classic movie was filmed in.

The race, which features a run to the home where the movie was filmed, helps commemorate the 30th anniversary of the iconic film. Three decades later, the film has established an almost cult-like following of fans. The sale of the original house on eBay to a fan led to the restoration and the creation of the “A Christmas Story” House & Museum in 2006.

Each year thousands visit the home and museum to have a glimpse of that famous leg lamp (the original lamps used in the movie all were shattered during filming). They can also see the bathroom where star character Ralphie, played by Peter Billingsley, had his mouth washed out with soap. And catch a glimpse of the Red Ryder BB Gun wrapped and ready for Ralphie to find on Christmas morning.

In addition to the house and museum, there is also a gift shop on site. The “A Christmas Story” House and Museum is open year-round but gains special attention during the holiday season. Hours of operation along with ticket prices and tour times are available online. Street parking is free of charge.

Registration for the 5K/10K race runs through December 4, 2013. For more details on the race that will take you down “A Christmas Story” memory lane, visit the event online. Additional events to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the film include a Blu-ray and DVD release and a special convention on November 29 and 30.

The convention will feature a variety of “A Christmas Story”-themed events and appearances by members of the original cast! There will also be an auction for an exciting VIP package that includes a stay in the actual house from the movie!

The original Higbee’s department store, also used in filming of the movie, has been home to downtown Cleveland’s own tourism bureau, Positively Cleveland, since 2007. So stop by and step through those same doors Ralphie did on his way to visit Santa Claus – and pick up some visitor guides to help you seek out attractions during your remaining stay in Cleveland!

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A CHRISTMAS STORY 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND CONVENTION COMES TO CLEVELAND OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

November 7th, 2013 by Ralphie

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A Christmas Story House & Museum will be celebrating 30 years of A Christmas Story with a Convention in downtown Cleveland!

CLEVELAND – On November 18, 1983, Bob Clark’s delightfully funny holiday movie, A Christmas Story, hit select theaters across the United States. 30 years later, it has become a beloved holiday classic that has spanned around the globe to entertain audiences everywhere. After much anticipation, A Christmas Story House & Museum is excited to bring the 30th Anniversary Celebration and Convention here to Cleveland, Ohio!

A Christmas Story House & Museum, is partnering with Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Forest City Enterprises, and The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in hopes of making Cleveland, Ohio the destination for “All things A Christmas Story”. Fans of this classic film will be quick to add Cleveland to their holiday travel plans with all that is in store!
Some of the exciting events planned during the convention include:

• GRAND OPENING of the brand new 3,500 sq. ft. A Christmas Story House & Museum Gift Shop – November 29th Come out and see the remarkable renovation by Klaus Home Improvement! Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, visitors are invited to stay and shop! The first 30 guests through the Gift Shop doors will receive a door prize! There will also be storewide Black Friday specials between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., including 30% off the 45 inch Leg Lamp and the 50 inch Leg Lamp.

• PRESENTATION of brand new landscaping at A Christmas Story House & Museum – November 29th The public is invited to attend the presentation of the stunning new hardscape and landscape at the Christmas Story House & Museum designed and installed by Schill Landscaping.

• Cast Appearances – November 29th & 30th Meet actors from A Christmas Story and get their autographs. Meet Randy, Flick, Scut Farkus, Grover Dill, and the two Evil Elves.

• Author Book Signing – November 29th & 30th Meet Tyler Schwartz, author of A Christmas Story Treasury.

• Mrs. Parker’s Little Piggy Luncheon – Saturday, November 30th An exclusive opportunity to enjoy a traditional meatloaf, mashed potato and red cabbage meal, just like Mrs. Parker made, while dining with the cast members from A Christmas Story movie. Entertainment provided by Near West Theatre and Cleveland Play House. Tickets are limited!!

• Cleveland’s Winterfest 2013 – Downtown Cleveland, November 30th Cleveland is invited to “create nostalgia” for now at this all day street festival and celebration that kicks off the holiday season in Cleveland. Featuring a spectacular, epic lighting display that will be the talk of the town!

• A Christmas Story, the Musical – November 15th – December 8th Near West Theatre presents a multi-cultural, intergenerational cast in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Cleveland’s first-ever production of this new musical based on the classic 1983 movie. Call 216-961-6391 for tickets or buy online at www.nearwesttheatre.org.

• A Christmas Story, the Play – November 29th through December 22nd One of the most popular shows in Cleveland Play House history is back in a sparkling new production! The perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Cleveland Play House is also thrilled to announce the return of the Festival of Trees!

• A Christmas Story Convention Hotel Special Room Rate – Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland The historical Renaissance Hotel, also seen in the movie, will be offering a discounted rate for your stay during the 30th Anniversary A Christmas Story Convention. This beautiful 4-star hotel is situated right on Public Square, and located only 5 minutes from the A Christmas Story House & Museum, so fans can be close to all of the festivities.

• A Christmas Story House & Museum open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Friday & 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Saturday Tour the House, re-live your favorite scenes, visit the museum and stop by the newly renovated gift shop. Also, take your best shot (without shooting your eye out, of course) at the BB gun range in the House’s back yard!

Everybody is invited to come down and share in the celebrations as there will be entertainment for the entire family! Take a tour of the A Christmas Story House & Museum and visit with Santa and himself! You might even see a “Deranged Easter Bunny” along the way!

ABOUT THE HOUSE & MOVIE:
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of A Christmas Story starred the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man and Peter Billingsley as Ralphie. The film became a holiday favorite years after its theatrical release and is celebrated annually on TBS with a 24 hour marathon.

A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round on Monday through 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 tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children (ages 7 to 12) and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919. You can also purchase leg lamps and other items online through our online gift shop.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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