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Although tickets are not yet available, we are pleased to announce that in keeping with this year’s celebration of Canada’s 150th year, the 2017 Vintage Film Festival program will feature Canadian Film greats – from stars Mary Pickford, to Marie Dressler, to Glenn Ford to Directors Max Sennett and Norman Jewison and more. There will be 12 Films from Friday October 13 through Sunday October 15 – plus a bonus film on Friday for Weekend and Gala pass holders.

Full program details are now online here.

At the annual Vintage Film Festival, a regular feature is a "Brown Bag Lunch" seminar where knowledgeable speakers talk about a topic related to the Festival.  The Festival's theme this year was films with Bette Davis so the topic for 2016 was "Women in Hollywood" - the speaker was Thom Ernst. Thom is a Toronto film critic and broadcaster.  Many people remember Thom as the producer and host of TVO's Saturday Night at the Movies.  Thom can frequently be heard on CBC Radio Syndication going across Canada with his film reviews.  His work has appeared in The Toronto Star, The National Post, Playback Magazine, Toromagazine.com, Yahoo Canada and on his own website, Reelthomernst.com.  Currently Thom hosts Making Movies the Canadian Way on Bell Fibe TV1 and the podcast THIS MOVIE'S ABOUT YOU available on iTunes.  Below is a video of his talk.

The Marie Dressler museum at Dressler house has now been completely renovated and is now totally different.  The room is larger, the walls have been repainted (a great colour), there are new displays and many of the displays are interactive.  The interface to control what you see on displays is via ipads and in some cases you can listen.  Although the appearance is open and uncluttered, there is plenty of information to be had.   Some artifacts are on display although the photos are not the originals - these are kept in the Northumberland County archives. 

The Board of Directors of Marie Dressler Foundation is excited to announce the opening of Canada's newest heritage museum.

The new Marie Dressler Museum highlights the achievements of the Cobourg-born star of stage and screen, winner of the 1931 Academy Award for Best Actress at age 63, top grossing actor in Hollywood in both 1932 and 1933 and the best loved comedienne of her time.

The Town of Cobourg has proclaimed September 24th to be "Marie Dressler Celebration Day". The official opening of the museum will be a public event held at 1:00 p.m. at Marie Dressler House, 212 King Street West, Cobourg.

At the Woodlawn Inn, 420 Division St., Cobourg

A fundraising event for Marie Dressler Foundation featuring a sparkling wine reception, a four course dinner with wines and an after-dinner talk by Matthew Kennedy, author of "Marie Dressler:  A Biography"

Tickets are $100. (no HST) with a donation tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price.

A limited number of tickets are available.  (1) Online via Paypal below:

Quantity can be changed if desired at the Paypal site. Bring your emailed receipt to the event as proof of payment.  Tickets will not be mailed out.  (If you lose the receipt, bring proof of ID).

OR (2) contact Woodlawn Inn at 1-800-573-5003,  OR (3) contact Rick Miller at 647-638-3025.

Contact Rick Miller for any queries.


Cobourg Town Council has proclaimed September 24th to be "Marie Dressler Celebration Day" in Cobourg.

Come and Celebrate the Grand Opening of Canada's newest museum featuring "From Cobourg to Hollywood:  The Story of Marie Dressler".

Celebrations start at 1:00 pm with free cake, ice-cream, and drinks following the official opening ceremony.

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Visit the new Marie Dressler Museum at Marie Dressler House, 212 King Street West, Cobourg.