Welcome to the 306th Tablescape Thursday!
A visit to the 19th-century Victorian home used in all the exterior scenes of the movie, A Christmas Story, is an interactive one. As we stepped inside the front door for the tour, our guide immediately invited us to have a seat in the living room. Whaaat? That’s not something you normally get to do while touring a home! I knew right then this wasn’t going to be your average home tour.
Since today is Tablescape Thursday, we’re going inside the kitchen of this iconic movie house where you’ll find a sweet table set with the vintage dishware of the day. So many hilarious and important scenes took place here in the kitchen, it’s practically a character in the movie!
When Brian Jones first purchased this home located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, he had a huge job ahead of him. The home was clad in vinyl siding, all the old windows had been removed for shiny new models (boo hiss) and the inside had been redesigned into a duplex.
Though the interior shots were filmed on a sound stage in Canada, he wanted the fans of A Christmas Story to experience the home as it was in the movie. He did his best to recreate the interior of the home seen in the movie which was no small feat considering it was filmed on a set.
Notice the table and chairs, brown-painted wainscoting, vintage stove and refrigerator.
It appears they found the same style table and chairs seen here in this scene from the movie. The stove and refrigerator are very close. Notice the bread box atop the refrigerator in the movie and in the home today.
The movie was filmed in 1983, I don’t think Brian (the owner) had even been born yet. By the time he bought the home in 2004 and began restoring it, it had been many years since the filming of the movie. Many of the original props, costumes, etc… have been found and are on display in the A Christmas Story Museum across the street from the house. The items inside the home are antiques that are as close to the originals as possible. You can understand why they wouldn’t want the original props on display inside the home itself, especially since they let you pick up and play with everything you see while on the tour.
Notice the checkered floor in the movie.
It’s here in the real home, too.
During my visit to tour the home, I noticed the table was set with Fiestaware, a popular dishware back in the 1940’s when this movie was supposed to have taken place.
In this scene from the movie, we see the same dishware in use.
See the pink bib?
Anyone remember it from the movie?
Randy wore it in this hilarious scene from the movie where he eats like “a little piggy from a trough” at his mom’s encouragement, brother Ralphie’s amusement and his dad’s bewilderment.
A few close-up views of the stove…
There’s the infamous Christmas turkey…remember the dogs?! Thanks to Penny for sharing that the big thing underneath the stove is a meat roaster. I never would have guessed that!
We get a brief view of Mr. Turkey in the movie before he gets gobbled up by a wild pack of hungry dogs. Notice the robe being worn by Melinda Dillon (Mrs. Parker) in the movie. It’s on display in the museum and you’ll see it in another post soon.
Shhh, don’t tell anyone but the turkey looked a little on the dry side. 😉
A visit to A Christmas Story movie house is definitely like stepping back in time.
Another view of the refrigerator with a 1940’s bread box atop.
The other side of the kitchen…
Remember the old cabinet visible in the background in this scene below?
This one is very similar. I wonder it they painted it because the paint looked new. If the paint isn’t original, seems like they would have painted it green. Doesn’t it look green in the movie?
A peek inside…
I loved looking at all the vintage pieces on the shelves in the kitchen. I’m sure many are reproductions but some did look old. Kind of makes me wonder what we are using in our kitchens today that will still be around and considered “antique” one day.
I shared a quick glimpse of the sink and washing machine in a post the other day.
We saw an Oxydol box in an earlier scene from the movie, didn’t we? Look at that old grater on the left. They must have had so much fun searching for everything needed to reproduce the kitchen and the other rooms in this wonderful house, now famous from the movie.
I don’t remember the pot in the sink but I think someone on Facebook mentioned cabbage being cooked in one in the movie. I need to watch the movie again this weekend to refresh my memory.
Aren’t we glad our washing machines have evolved! That wringer thingy scares me after reading some of your comments on THIS post a few days ago.
Remember the infamous cupboard scene with Randy?
Visit the house and you can be Randy hiding out under the sink, too. All I needed was a glass a milk. lol
You can view that short scene with Randy by clicking on the photo below or at YouTube here: A Christmas Story, “Daddy Is Going to Kill Ralphie” Scene
Hope you enjoyed a look inside the kitchen used in the movie, A Christmas Story! If you are ever in the Cleveland area, go see this house! It’s a lot of fun and not something you often get to experience.
Tour the outside of the home and see the surrounding neighborhood in this previous post: Tour “A Christmas Story” Movie House & Neighborhood.
Take a tour of the house as seen in the movie itself in this previous post: A Christmas Story Movie House
Looking forward to all the beautiful tablescapes posted for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!
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