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Twenty two years ago (1992), a group of film enthusiasts involved in the restoration of the Marie Dressler house had a wild idea. Why not hold a festival showing the films in which Marie Dressler had starred? This seemingly fantastic idea grew into the present form, in which we show a variety of films generally made before about 1955.
The weekend is best enjoyed as an event and not just a collection of great movies. We start with a reception in Historic Victoria Hall in Cobourg followed by two films including a silent accompanied by a live piano. Then on Saturday we move to the restored atmospheric Capitol Theatre in Port Hope to show a collection of movies that range from very old, silent films starring Mary Pickford, Erich von Stroheim or Douglas Fairbanks, to talkies and musicals. We often include a film starring Marie Dressler. (See also her own official site.)
For the second year, on Saturday, there is a supplemental program of films from the National Film Board shown at no charge at the Port Hope Library which is just across the road from the Capitol Theatre. Program details here.
On Sunday, we continue with a theme - this year it will feature films by Alfred Hitchcock. The Festival Weekend includes a seminar/discussion at lunch time Sunday on a topic in keeping with the theme. Don't miss this popular event.
With its attractive location in the rolling hills of Northumberland County where accommodation is varied and readily available, the Vintage Film Festival in historic Cobourg and Port Hope is an event not to be missed.
The best value is a Festival (weekend) Pass but if you want to sample Vintage Films,
single tickets and 4 packs are also available.
The 2014 Festival will be held
October 24, 25, 26, 2014
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Information on 2013 Festival
Download the 2013 Official program (99% final)
A "Program" like this one was provided to everyone attending the Festival.
For 2014, a similar program will be provided to everyone with a Festival pass.
2013 Film Trivia
If you liked the trivia in the slides between movies or you missed them, this page has
many items of interest about each movie on the program.
A big thank you to our sponsors - full details here.
Below is a trailer we put together on the 2013 program.
Why do we like Vintage Films?
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