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Ralphie’s pals, movie’s fans prepare to mark 25 years

By Ellen Creager Published: November 25, 2008
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photo - A photo from "A Christmas Story” shows Ralphie (actor Peter Billingsley) firing his BB gun in the backyard of the house used in the film.AP PHOTO
A photo from "A Christmas Story” shows Ralphie (actor Peter Billingsley) firing his BB gun in the backyard of the house used in the film.AP PHOTO
About 35,000 people visit per year, Siedlecki says.

"A Christmas Story” premiered on Thanksgiving 1983. It starred Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, the boy whose greatest Christmas wish was a Red Ryder BB gun. The late Darren McGavin played his dad. Cleveland was chosen for part of the filming, director Bob Clark said, because it most resembled 1940s Indiana.

The most avid fans of "A Christmas Story” have a nickname: Ralphies. When TNT runs its "A Christmas Story” marathon each year, an estimated 40 million people tune in at least once.

The museum and house are at 3159 W 11th St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. From Nov. 26-Dec. 31, the house also is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays for holiday crowds.

Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 7-12 and free for younger children. For more information, go online to www.achristmasstoryhouse.com or call (216) 298-4919.

And be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

McClatchy-Tribune Information Services


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