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“That was filmed in Cleveland.” August 7, 2007

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This past Sunday, my wife and I trekked to the house where “A Christmas Story” was filmed in part.  Sold on eBay in 2004 and opened to the public in 2006, the renovated house is located approximately 25 minutes from our place of residence and even nearer to our hearts.  The Rolling Roadshow Tour made a stop here as part of their 3rd annual month-long tour of movie sites across the U.S.

In addition, Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Yano Anaya (Grover Dill), Ian Petrella (Randy Parker), Scott Schwartz (Flick), Patty Lafontaine (Head Elf), and Drew Hocevear (Male Elf) were signing autographs (for a nominal fee) and posing for pictures.  That’s Ian, Zack, Anna, and me in the top row while Yano and Scott are in the bottom row.  Patty and Drew are not pictured.

Inside of the house was a lot smaller than I envisioned from watching the movie, but there were a lot people in there because it was cloudy and rainy.  It was a day that I could imagine Ralphie sitting in his bedroom reading about the adventures of Red Ryder.  The infamous “Leg Lamp” was present in the downstairs front window.  A Christmas tree and a desk with a certain half-unwrapped present hidden behind it stood guard on either side of the “major award.”  The kitchen contained their table and chairs, the kitchen sink and large underneath cabinet, a refrigerator, and an oven with a faux-turkey.

RandySink DavidSink

We didn’t stay for the BB gun shooting or the food from C&Y Chinese Restaurant, which still operates in downtown Cleveland.  The movie screening did happened that night despite the rain and lack of snowmaking.

Notable quotes from our visit:

“That’s bull$&#%!  Go home and rent the movie.” – Disgruntled resident from a nearby house.

“It won’t sound the same.” – Ian Petrella (Randy) when asked to say, “Whoopie! A zeppelin!”

“Ovaltine’s expensive!” – Kid selling cupcakes and brownies responding to a suggestion that he should sell Ovaltine.

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1. Jiffy - August 9, 2007

That’s a GREAT photo! It’s so weird to see these folks grown up when we all still see them as kids when we watch the movie every holiday season. Of course, I’m mostly glad the folks who were in the movie are still enjoying the fame it brought them.

David, you look JUST like Randy in that kitchen cabinet! 🙂

2. Ged - August 14, 2007

Nice post! I love that pict of you under the sink. Did you guys check to see if Scott’s eyes were still yellow?

🙂

3. Chad - August 26, 2007

Patty used to live up the street from where I grew up. I was friends with her kids Carrie and Patrick, and she was my sister’s tumbling teacher at the old Severance JCC. I’ve seen her in a few plays YEARS ago (pre “Christmas Story”), one at Cain Park and the other at the Palace theater. Speaking of Severance, I ran into her at the Home Depot up there a few years ago and we chatted for a bit. She sounds exactly the same as she did 25 years ago. I adore that woman.

4. Sandy (Momisodes) - December 22, 2007

That is so neat! I would love to visit if we ever make it out to Cleveland 🙂 …and the Chinese restaurant too. I had no idea that was real! I checked out your other link. It’s so funny they had the soap out!

And the pic of you under the sink…classic 😉 Definitely one that should resurface when friends come over!

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