“That was filmed in Cleveland.” August 7, 2007Posted by davegoblog in Movies, Pop Culture.
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.
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.