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“A Christmas Story” house tour in Cleveland

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We double dog dare you to read this story about celebrating 30 years of holiday movie magic here in Ohio.

13abc's Christine Long took a tour of the special house in Cleveland that tells "A Christmas Story."

If you or someone in your family is the proud owner of one of these leg lamps, chances are that watching "A Christmas Story" is part of your holiday tradition.

This year you may want to consider starting a new tradition.  Take a two hour drive to a place where you can re-create your favorite movie scenes.

 "You'll shoot your eye out!" 

It's the famous line from "A Christmas Story." That's the 1983 classic of Ralphie's quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.

30 years later, movie lovers can take a peek in the house in Cleveland where it was actually filmed.

This is it on West 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood.

The home where you can see steel mills from the backyard was used for all of the outdoor shots.    

"When you walk into the house, the idea is we want you to feel like you're on the movie set," says Steve Siedlecki, Executive Director of A Christmas Story House and Museum.

The inside of the house has been restored to make you feel like part of the Parker family.

"One of my favorite scenes is the piggy scene," says Daniel Como, a visitor from Canton, as he sits down at the kitchen table and pretends to be Randy showing his mom how the "little piggies eat."

"As an adult, it still makes me feel like a kid," says Como.  "We were watching it just last night as we were making Christmas cookies and handouts for people at work. And it really brings back the Christmas spirit. It literally made us feel youthful again," says Como.

The guided tour is completely interactive, only without the Bumpus hounds.

"You can sit on the upstairs toilet and pretend to decode your own message," says Siedlecki.

You can even climb under the sink where Randy hid when he told his mom, "Daddy's gonna kill Ralphie!"

"It's a fun movie, so we want people to be able to come here and also have fun," says Siedlecki.

Across the street, owners operate a museum.  Preserved behind glass are props and costumes used in the movie, such as Scott Farkus' fox hat and Randy's snow suit.

Though the house is open year round, Christmas is the busiest season.       

"This is a really unique experience for fans of the movie and movie-goers in general," says Siedlecki.  "We've been open seven years and every year we have more people.  There's three million people that view that movie every year when it's on 24 hours and we've had about 300,000 people come through here. There's still 2-point-7 million people that still haven't come here!"

http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/

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