Take a Road Trip to These Classic Movie Houses!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay in Ralphie’s actual house from A Christmas Story, or walk down the yellow brick road with Dorothy and Toto? Maybe you would like to visit the house where Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and C. Thomas Howell shared as onscreen brothers in The Outsiders? We’re taking a roadtrip down memory lane and checking out a handful of iconic movie houses that have been preserved and cherished for fans to enjoy, tour and sometimes even stay in!
A Christmas Story house
3159 W 11th St., Cleveland OH 44109
10AM – 5PM daily
General Admission: $18
Ralphie’s actual house from the film A Christmas Story is now open year-round to the public for tours and overnight stays. In this house you can find original props, costumes, and memorabilia from the film! A little known fact is that the decision to film in Cleveland was due to the willingness of Higbee’s (an actual department store) to allow the movie to be filmed inside the store.
Gone With the Wind
472 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA 30064
General Admission: $10
The ‘Marietta Gone with the Wind’ museum, which first opened in 2003, features original pieces from both the book and the movie. The museum is often mentioned as one of the must-see stops for tourists wanting to explore the South’s rich beauty and history. It features several original pieces as well as items that are extremely rare including one of the most iconic costume pieces from the movie, the mourning bonnet worn by Scarlett O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh. For those less interested in this piece of history there is also an 18-hole golf course on the same grounds as the museum.
Citizen Kane’s Hearst Castle
750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452
Open daily 9AM
General Admission: $30
Hearst Castle is meant to play the role of ‘Xanadu’ from the film Citizen Kane. This museum located in San Simeon, California, is a museum like no other. It sits on top of a hill overlooking the city and has everything from a giant reflective swimming pool to a library with a historic Spanish ceiling dating back to the early 1400s. William Randolph Hearst started to build a fabulous estate on his ranch land overlooking the village of San Simeon in 1919. He called the estate “La cuesta Encantada,” which translates to The Enchanted Hill. By 1947 the hilltop complex included a twin-towered main building, three massive guesthouses and 127 acres of terraced gardens, fountains, and pools. One option while you are visiting is a Julia Morgan tour offered, which gives visitors insight into the life of the first certified female architect in California.
371 North St. Louis Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106
The Outsiders house museum gives a behind the scenes look into the story behind the film. From Dallas Winston’s leather jacket to the disappearance and reappearance of the director’s chair; even the most diehard fans will learn something new. The house fell into disrepair and narrowly escaped demolition, but in 2016, hip hop artist Danny Boy O’Connor purchased the “Curtis Brothers House” — the brothers were played by Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and C. Thomas Howell. A longtime fan of the novel and the movie, O’Connor had visited the site during earlier Tulsa tour stops, and just couldn’t shake the belief that the house needed to be preserved for future generations.
Wizard Of Oz
567 E Cedar St, Liberal, KS 67901
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Monday-Saturday 9-12 & 1-6
Labor Day to Memorial Day: Tuesday-Saturday 9-12 & 1-5
General Admission: $12.50
Along with being able to step inside the officially recognized house of Dorothy Gale, the property has a 5,000 square foot exhibit and an animated journey through the movie. Here you will receive a detailed tour explaining historical details, along with a brief outline of the movie plot itself. During the interactive tour, Dorothy and Toto will take you through the journey down the yellow brick road. You will meet everyone from the munchkins to the Cowardly Lion. Also on the museum grounds is the house that was built in 1907 that has been preserved and repaired over the years, that house was used during the tornado scene in the 1939 movie.