Movieland Museum May Not Open This Year, May Leave Cleveland

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Leg lamps may dominate the holiday-tour circuit around town. But another local venture has quietly gathered the world’s largest collection of Christmas-themed movie memorabilia. It’s called the “Holly”wood Christmas Movieland Museum, and in recent years it’s shared billing with the Christmas Story House on Lolly the Trolley’s annual holiday tours.

Movieland features more than 400 Hollywood remnants, from the sleigh used by Jim Carrey in The Grinch to Will Ferrell’s Buddy costume from Elf. It also boasts an unmistakably Cleveland bent: the elaborate holiday window displays from downtown’s Higbee’s and Halle’s of years gone by — and of course, Mr. Jingeling memorabilia.

The problem? Movieland has lost its strip-mall home in North Olmsted and may not open this month as planned. What’s worse, the museum’s owners say they’re forced to entertain a bid to move their shop to — gasp — Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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