The ‘A Christmas Story’ house is up for sale, with the first part of the movie set to debut Thursday on HBO

If you’ve always wanted to show off your leg lamp, avoid Bumpus dogs and avoid “shooting your eyes,” it might be time to make a move. But it will cost you.

The Tremont house used in the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story” is for sale, as is much of the neighborhood that is used as a museum campus.

The asking price wasn’t listed with the ad for the sale, but realtor Chad Whitmer said he expects offers in the 8-figure range.

“It’s more than just Ralphie’s house for sale. It’s the entire campus, including the neighbors’ house, the museum, the gift shop, there’s a couple of vacant lots, parking lots — the whole business operation,” Whitmer said.

The fictional Parker House was built in 1895 and was nearly demolished before the current owner, Brian Jones of Florida, purchased it in 2004 for $150,000.

“Obviously, the new owner can do whatever he likes, as with anything,” said Whitmer. “But given what this is and the price it will be selling for, it would be hard to believe that someone would spend that kind of money and turn it back into a condo.”

Jones outfitted the house on W. 11th Street with memorabilia from the movie and opened it to the public in 2006, expanding the museum’s campus to include other properties as well.

Former coordinator Stephen Intermell said many of the artifacts came from people in the neighborhood who worked on the film as extras.

“[The sale is] It was as surprising to me as anyone else, Intermell said. And I hope if anyone ends up buying it, they give it the respect Brian did.

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The sights are open year-round, although the holiday season is the most popular time to visit.

It was ranked the fourth most popular tourist attraction in Cleveland by Tripadvisor, and prior to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 100,000 people visited each year.

The original film was based on Jean Shepherd’s book In God We Trust, Others Pay Cash. It failed in theaters in the face of stiff competition from the new “Terms of Endearment,” “Scarface,” and Dirty Harry and James Bond movies. However, it has found new life on cable TV and is now considered a classic.

In 1994, Shepard and director Bob Clark created a loose sequel, My Summer Story, based on the same book. It starred Charles Grodin and, despite positive reviews, was another flop.

Another sequel, “A Christmas Story Christmas,” stars Peter Billingsley and premieres Thursday, November 17, on HBO Max. While much of the 1983 movie was filmed in Cleveland, the sequel was shot in Hungary.

It didn’t surprise him, Intermell said.

“they [film] It will be a very active tourist destination.” “So, it just makes sense to me why they would find somewhere else to shoot.”

Intermell is currently the director of the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick. Seasonal destinations take advantage of the lead-up to a holiday, whether it’s Halloween or Christmas, he said.

“Most people, when they are young, and they are waiting for the holiday season, know this feeling. What Ralph says [in the film]? “The Christmas rope is getting tight.” But in a fun way.”

In 2013, visitors to the house commented on the film’s legacy. And in 1983, when the popular Santa series was filmed at Higbee’s, WEWS covered the event in Public Square:

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