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Grand opening celebration to take place Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.


CLEVELAND – Nov. 15, 2006 – Well, no one shot their eye out, and the renovations to the house used in the 1983 film “A Christmas Story” are now complete. With the grand opening taking place Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m., the $240,000 renovation project came in on time and delivered a result that will take fans back to the adventures of Ralphie, Randy and all of their friends on Cleveland Street (which is actually West 11th Street in Cleveland).


While the idea to turn the home into a fun attraction for fans belongs to one man, he wants to be sure to thank all of those who helped to make this dream a reality.


“The renovation was a massive project, and the companies that made it happen were simply first-rate,” said Brian Jones, owner of A Christmas Story House. “Foster Contracting transformed the inside and outside of the home to match as close as possible to what you see in the movie. The crew may have watched the movie more times than me to notice all the details and get everything right. The folks at ICI Paints, who donated their paint, worked closely with us to ensure the perfect colors for every room and matched the exterior yellow paint with green trim with pieces of the original siding seen in the movie. And Draco Landscape, who also donated its services, has made the front and back yards look great to showcase the house.”


For their part, all of the businesses who worked on the house stressed how much they enjoyed the project.


“Obviously, this was a really fun and once-in-a-lifetime project to work on,” said Mike Foster, general contractor and owner of Foster Contracting in Cleveland. “We were thrilled to be a part of it, and we hope that visitors to A Christmas Story House will appreciate all of the hard work and attention to detail that went into restoring the home to what they remember from the film.”


Visitors to A Christmas Story House will feel that they have just stepped into the 1940s, taking a nostalgic trip through the Parker home. Though most of the interior shots seen in the movie were done in a studio in Canada, the house has been renovated to look like it did in the movie. The beacon that will draw “A Christmas Story” fans to the house is the infamous leg lamp displayed prominently in the front living room window (after all, it’s a major award of which The Old Man is very proud).


In addition to the house, guests can tour the accompanying museum dedicated to the film. It is located directly across the street from A Christmas Story House at 1103 Rowley Ave. and is where tickets to the house can be purchased and where all tours begin. The museum features more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos and items donated by actors from the movie.

The museum features items donated by actors in the movie. Ian Petrella, who portrayed younger brother Randy, has provided his “I-can’t-put-my-arms-down” snowsuit, toy zeppelin and rat from Miss Shields’ drawer. The museum also includes a gift shop where items such as leg lamps, T-shirts, painting, pictures, action figures, Ovaltine, Lifebuoy Soap, secret decoder pins and eventually pink bunny suits are available for purchase.


Once it opens on Nov. 25, the house’s hours will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. After Jan. 16, 2007, the house will be open Thursdays through Sunday. Admission to A Christmas Story House is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Group discounts are available. The price of admission includes a guided tour of the house and yard and admittance into the accompanying museum.


For more information on Foster Contracting, please visit the official Web site at www.fostercontracting.homestead.com, or call 216-631-2551.


A Christmas Story House is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919.


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