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A Christmas Story House
Although the film itself was created in Hollywood, this house was used as a model for the family home, set place in a fictional town that was modeled after the writer's actual home in Hammond, Indiana. Actual locations throughout Cleveland were used for the filming of the movie's many outdoor scenes as well as the iconic scene of Ralphie and Santa at Higbee's Department Store. According to those close to the project, the store's manager allowed the film crew to use their store on the condition that there would be no cursing on the set or in the final cut of the film.
While the interior scenes were created within a sound stage, the movie's exterior shots of the family house were shot right here.
Brian Jones purchased this home on eBay for only $150,000 and remodeled the interior to match the scenes from the movie as closely as possible. Jones capitalized on the film's success in other ways, creating the real company The Red Rider Leg Lamp Company, based on the fictional "award" that Ralphie receives in the mail. To this day, one can purchase a replica of "leg lamp" which sits in the house museum's front window, just as it did in the film.
SourcesA Christmas Story House. A Christmas Story House and Museum website. Accessed December 05, 2016. http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/.
DeMarco, Laura. A look inside A Christmas Story House and Museum. Cleveland Plain Dealer. December 05, 2013. Accessed December 06, 2016. https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/12/a_look_inside_a_christmas_stor.html.
Cleveland, OH 44109
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