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A Christmas Story tour: Where to celebrate the movie's 30th anniversary in Cleveland
The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | December 05, 2013 | By Laura DeMarco

Posted on 12/05/2013 10:59:22 AM PST by US Navy Vet

The A Christmas Story House and Museum is not the only way fans can celebrate the film's legacy in Cleveland. Read on for a guide to all things "A Christmas Story"– just don't shoot your eye out.

A Christmas Story House and Museum: Open seven days a week, year-round, at 3159 West 11th St. in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. Call 216-298-4919 or email info@achristmasstoryhouse.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children (ages 7 to 12) and free for children ages 6 and under. More info: achristmasstoryhouse.com

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Indiana; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: achristmasstory; cleveland; indiana
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1 posted on 12/05/2013 10:59:22 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

I eat at the Chinese restaurant fairly often. Good Dim Sum.


2 posted on 12/05/2013 11:00:58 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: US Navy Vet

You’d think the museum would be in the Chicago area, since the movie takes place in Hammond, Indiana, which is a suburb of Chicago.


3 posted on 12/05/2013 11:02:49 AM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp. Go Michigan State!)
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To: dfwgator

I was filmed primarily in Toronto and Cleveland. And the House is in Cleveland.


4 posted on 12/05/2013 11:05:39 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Sure, as if any good parent would allow their kids to watch such horrors of a child getting a fully automatic military style bb gun for Christmas.

5 posted on 12/05/2013 11:05:58 AM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Ralphie................http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0082526/

6 posted on 12/05/2013 11:06:46 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: US Navy Vet

You waz?..................


7 posted on 12/05/2013 11:07:42 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: bgill

8 posted on 12/05/2013 11:08:49 AM PST by Mat_Helm
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To: US Navy Vet

I mean IT(damn fingers)!


9 posted on 12/05/2013 11:08:55 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Red Badger

Smarta$$!


10 posted on 12/05/2013 11:09:14 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I knew they shot parts in Cleveland, but I didn’t know they filmed parts in Toronto.

But it was obvious the story took place near Chicago, because they clearly showed that “The Old Man” was a Bears fan.


11 posted on 12/05/2013 11:09:17 AM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp. Go Michigan State!)
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To: Mat_Helm

ROFL, funny!


12 posted on 12/05/2013 11:10:07 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: bgill

When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, it was common for a half dozen of us to walk through the neighborhood with BB guns and pellet guns, and head over to the abandoned gravel plant. After we expended all our BBs and pellets on cans, bottles, birds, rats, whatever, we would walk back and shoot hoops or play football.

Can you imagine what would happen today if six 12-14 year olds were seen walking through a neighborhood with BB guns?


13 posted on 12/05/2013 11:10:09 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Which part did you play? The kid whose tongue was stuck to the frozen pipe?.................


14 posted on 12/05/2013 11:11:37 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Mat_Helm

I am sooooo stealing that pic!........................


15 posted on 12/05/2013 11:12:00 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: US Navy Vet

I have always liked that movie. “Christmas Story” captured the comfortable simplicity of the late ‘40s nicely, with the nuclear family home environment, the Dad as the breadwinner, the Mom taking care of the household, Ralphie’s getting his BB gun and finally his satisying smackdown of that rat-faced bully without being suspended from school or forced onto Ritalin for “violent behavior.”

Great stuff!


16 posted on 12/05/2013 11:12:28 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: US Navy Vet

17 posted on 12/05/2013 11:13:31 AM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp. Go Michigan State!)
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To: ScottinVA
finally his satisying smackdown of that rat-faced bully without being suspended from school or forced onto Ritalin for “violent behavior.”

Who needs Ritalin when you have Lifebuoy?


18 posted on 12/05/2013 11:14:45 AM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp. Go Michigan State!)
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To: dfwgator

The school WAS(it’s been torn down now) in Toronto.


19 posted on 12/05/2013 11:18:15 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

The movie was based on “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” by Jean Shepherd. Any other Shep fans on FR?


20 posted on 12/05/2013 11:27:35 AM PST by reegs
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To: Mat_Helm

Love your pic, is now my new Christmas Card.


21 posted on 12/05/2013 11:37:13 AM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: reegs

Beer! The mother of us all.

Sitting in his car...in the rain...wipers going, he ponders just how many of us were conceived to that sound.

Mother’s red chenille robe with the petrified egg on the collar.

I used to enjoy reading his short stories in Playboy. His stories about summer camp and his time in the service were priceless.

More than 100 of his shows here

https://archive.org/details/JeanShepherd1965Pt1


22 posted on 12/05/2013 11:54:01 AM PST by Roccus
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To: US Navy Vet

“The school WAS(it’s been torn down now) in Toronto.”

I went to a school that looks identical. In Independence, Ohio, just South of Cleveland. First time I saw the movie, I was sure that it was my old school! Pretty standard school plan back then I guess.


23 posted on 12/05/2013 11:59:38 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Same here, only it was in Shaker Heights.


24 posted on 12/05/2013 12:02:55 PM PST by VideoPaul
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To: Roccus; Revolting cat!
So YOU were the one reading the articles!


25 posted on 12/05/2013 12:05:49 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

The Chinese Restaurant is actually in Toronto, where it is now an Italian Restaurant.


26 posted on 12/05/2013 12:14:43 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: a fool in paradise
Nobody believed me then....I don't expect anyone to believe me now.......
...but before then, I'll take the fifth.

27 posted on 12/05/2013 12:14:43 PM PST by Roccus
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To: Roccus

I haven’t read the stories but did hear that is where they first ran.

Also heard that the director of this family classic was the guy behind “Porky’s”.


28 posted on 12/05/2013 12:23:27 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

This is all I know;
“C & Y Chinese Restaurant
The Official Restaurant of “A Christmas Story House”

Now closed. It was always decorated with Christmas stuff, and the movie showed non-stop in a side room. Was the scene filmed there? I don’t know. Just assumed so.


29 posted on 12/05/2013 12:32:12 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Ah! You’re right! Just found this;
“The scene for Chinese Turkey at Bo’ Ling Chop Sury Palace was filmed in Toronto, Canada. It is still a restaurant but now serves French Food.”

So the one in Cleveland was part of the “official Christmas Story Tour,” which include the house in Tremont. Kind of a scam, eh? They had very good food though.


30 posted on 12/05/2013 12:36:54 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: reegs

I am a fan. My older brother used to listen to Jean Shephard’s radio show .


31 posted on 12/05/2013 12:47:42 PM PST by vaskypilot
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To: Mat_Helm

Oh no! It was the classic mother AR-15 gun block....”You’ll shoot your eye out”!! That deadly phrase uttered many times before by hundreds of mothers was not surmountable by any means known to kid-dom. But such was my mania, my desire for an AR-15 carbine that I immediately began to rebuild the dike...


32 posted on 12/05/2013 12:59:21 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: reegs

I’m a big Jean Shepherd fan, before my senior year in high school I read “In God We Trust~All Others Pay Cash” and picked up on his style of narrative writing and proceeded to ‘Ace’ Honors Creative Writing.
He was a great radio story teller too.

In the movie Jean Shepherd is the man in the Santa line who says “The line ends here! It begins there!”.

Love this movie!


33 posted on 12/05/2013 1:15:35 PM PST by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: dfwgator
There is "A Christmas Story" display at the Hammond Welcome Center.

http://www.southshorecva.com/achristmasstory/
34 posted on 12/05/2013 1:22:04 PM PST by jaydubya2
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To: bobby.223

“”Flick says he saw some DHS Jackboots near Pulaski’s candy store!” “They looked at me as if I had lobsters crawling out of my ears.”


35 posted on 12/05/2013 1:26:42 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: a fool in paradise
Also heard that the director of this family classic was the guy behind “Porky’s”.

His wife, Susan Clark (of "Webster" fame), played "Cherry Forever" in Porky's.

36 posted on 12/05/2013 1:29:25 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp. Go Michigan State!)
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To: US Navy Vet

We were there last week! Our tour of the house was delayed because of a film crew doing something for the anniversary.

The guide was great & told some interesting stories about the making of the movie. Be sure to “pin” your location on the museum map, if there’s room.

Some construction/improvements at the site didn’t mar our experience at all.

You HAVE to go to the gift shop. Hubby could not believe I spent $400 on stuff, but a 50” Major Award now sits in my bay window and has already upset some rather starchy neighbors. Totally worth the $250 price tag.

PS...if you visit, check out the oven in the kitchen - there is even a fake turkey in the oven.


37 posted on 12/05/2013 2:21:43 PM PST by LadyBuck (Strangeways, here we come....)
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To: dfwgator

I do not believe Susan, (Cherry Forever), Clark was ever married to the director of ‘Porkys’, (one HECK of a funny film huh?!!). First marriage was to some guy I never heard of and the second one was to Detroit Lions all-time great lineman, actor, (the bad guy sheriff in ‘Porkys’ among many other bit parts thru the years), Alex Karras, that she was married to


38 posted on 12/05/2013 5:58:33 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: bobby.223

You’re right. I guess I got confused because Bob Clark also directed Porky’s and Susan was in it, so I figured since they both had the same last name, silly me.


39 posted on 12/05/2013 6:01:43 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp. Go Michigan State!)
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To: dfwgator

I don’t believe I ever laughed harder at/with a flick than I did the first time I saw ‘Porkys’! I still watch it when it comes on!


40 posted on 12/05/2013 6:05:40 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: bobby.223

41 posted on 12/05/2013 6:11:00 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp. Go Michigan State!)
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To: Red Badger

Heard he made his money producing porn movies, is that correct?


42 posted on 12/06/2013 7:58:32 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: ops33

http://thefw.com/things-you-didnt-know-about-a-christmas-story/

8. The actor who played Flick had a brief career as a porn star


43 posted on 12/06/2013 8:03:18 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

Thanks, wasn’t sure. I guess yellow eyes don’t translate well in a porn flick.


44 posted on 12/06/2013 8:04:08 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: reegs
Any other Shep fans on FR?

Excelsior you fathead.

I'm up to 1968 on listening to his WOR radio shows on the internet. At work I occasionally get fairly repetitious tasks so I put on the headphones and listen to him.

45 posted on 12/06/2013 8:14:13 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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