We’re headed upstairs today, touring all the rooms upstairs in the home featured in the movie, A Christmas Story, including Ralphie and Randy’s bedroom and the bathroom where one of the funniest scenes in the movie took place.
During my visit to Cleveland, Ohio to tour the home, I also visited the A Christmas Story Museum, as well as the gift shop across the street. The pictures I took inside those two buildings could easily fill another post. I think I’ll wait until closer to Christmas to share those. Christmas will be here before we know it, ya know!
Ready to head upstairs? Let’s go!
Upon arriving at the top of the stairs, the first room that catches your eye is the bathroom. Earlier in the movie, A Christmas Story, Ralphie’s long-awaited Little Orphan Annie Decoder Pin arrives in the mail. He’s now a member of Annie’s Secret Circle and can decipher the secret messages given out each week on the radio program.
In this scene, Ralphie has just finished listening to the Little Orphan Annie show where he has jotted down a very important, top-secret, coded message that’s just for members of Annie’s Secret Circle. He races upstairs to the bathroom because he knows this is the one room where he will have total privacy to decode the message using his decoder pin.
You can watch that scene again below. Warning: This scene has a word at the end that’s not for young ears. I don’t remember that in the movie, they must have changed it for the TV version.
It was fun seeing the bathroom and thinking back to that funny scene.
Oh, what will the secret message be?!
Ralphie’s reaction in the scene linked above when he decodes the message is pretty hilarious. Did you ever have an experience like that growing up, a time when you felt you’d been tricked? That’s definitely a “growing up” moment.
The Lifebuoy soap was still there on the sink, right where Mrs. Parker left it…
…after Ralphie got his mouth washed out for saying a bad word.
Just outside the bathroom, high on the wall, we saw the phone that Mrs. Parker used to called Mrs. Schwartz, the mother of one of Ralphie’s friends, to let her know her son taught Ralphie a bad word, a word Ralphie actually picked up from his father during one of his “furnace fighting” fits.
The Sewing Room
I need to watch the movie again because I have no memory of this room. It appears to be a sewing room. This was the only room that was corded off, maybe because it was so small.
Irons have certainly changed over the years! Anyone remember this room from the movie?
Ralphie & Randy’s Bedroom
In the movie, A Christmas Story, we get a few glimpses of Ralphie and Randy’s bedroom. Notice the blue chenille bedspreads and the sailboat wallpaper.
They are here, too!
Wonder where they found chenille bedspreads in that exact same color! And two of them!
This was a nice large room. Maybe it was two rooms at one time, I see a support beam.
A dresser in the room.
There are the shelves we saw in the movie. Don’t miss typewriters at all, although I do kind of miss that clackety-clack sound they made.
The only room I didn’t see on the tour was the parent’s bedroom. I’m not sure if they didn’t have the space to recreate it or if it was closed off the day I visited.
While standing and looking out the window you see in this picture below….
…you can see the gift store there to the left…
…and the museum across the street.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of the house from the movie, A Christmas Story! If you ever have a chance to see it in person, go! It’s only $10 to tour it and it truly was a lot of fun!
If you missed the other three posts I’ve shared about this famous movie house, you’ll find them at the links below. (Click on the titles or the pictures below to view those posts.)