Visit the theatre, start a new tradition
Ian Petrella, who played “Randy,” (Ralphie’s little brother) in the movie “A Christmas Story,” will be on Webster Street starting at noon Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.
This is great news for The Tonawandas.
Whether you love or hate the holiday movie that is played on TBS for 24 hours a day in December, many of us often find ourselves watching it more than once.
Although the movie was a flop when it initially aired in 1983, it has become one of the most watched holiday films throughout the past 20 years - well at least for my generation that is.
But, it only lasted in the theatre for about two weeks.
This year, it’s back on the big screen and at the Riv.
And who knew this would all be made possible due to a fan page?
President of Sweeney Hose Fire Company Joe Lavey, who is also a member of the Ian Patrella fan page, has done a great service to the North Tonawanda community by making all this possible for the residents.
Even though BB guns weren’t very popular in my household as a little girl, every child was intrigued by that Red Ryder BB gun when they first saw this movie, due to how badly Ralphie wanted one.
We may not have all wanted a BB gun, but we can all relate to that one thing we have asked Santa to bring us on Christmas morning.
This weekend, head to The Riviera Theatre to meet Petrella and share in a holiday memory with the rest of the community.
You will even have the chance to take a photo with Santa and a ride in the original fire truck used in the film.
To those residents of Ken-Ton and the Twin Cities, this is an opportunity to keep holiday traditions alive in the area. It’s a way to start new traditions as well.
There are not too many traditions left for families to celebrate the holidays outside of the home - affordable ones that is.
An afternoon as the theatre is a wonderful place to create new traditions.