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September 24, 25, 26, 2021

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The Marie Dressler Foundation is delighted to confirm that the Vintage Film Festival will take place as planned on September 24, 25 & 26, 2021 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario!

Yes, the Vintage Film Festival is back for 2021, for three amazing days, with twelve terrific films all "based on a true story":

Friday, Sept. 24th

  • Doris Day in Calamity Jane (1953)
  • Robert Altman's M*A*S*H (1970)
  • Henry Fonda in Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1957)

Saturday, Sept. 25th

  • Spencer Tracy & Fredric March in Inherit the Wind (1960)
  • Douglas Fairbanks in The Iron Mask (1929)
  • Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier in That Hamilton Woman (1941)
  • Kirk Douglas in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957)
  • The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night (1964)
  • Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi in The Body Snatcher (1945)

Sunday, Sept. 26th

  • Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky (1938)
  • Buster Keaton's The General (1926)
  • Peter O'Toole in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

As usual, our two silent film offerings, The Iron Mask and The General, will be presented with live musical accompaniment by Jordan Klapman.

And the Festival experience is more than just a compelling programme of great cinema! As usual, you'll have the opportunity to hear an interesting speaker at our Brown Bag Lunch on Sunday, buy cool Festival-themed merchandise, bid on exciting gift packages in our Silent Auction, chat with like-minded movie-lovers, and the Art Deco ambience of a 1930s atmospheric theatre as you enjoy these vintage films on the big screen!

New for 2021: free admission to any and all films for everyone 25 years or younger! (No need to book ahead: just show up at the door.) Parents and grandparents: why not enjoy a family movie outing and introduce your kids or grandkids to the magic of vintage film? Also, we will be offering free popcorn all weekend!

The small print: Any health-and-safety-related restrictions in place at the time of the Festival, whether mandated provincially or by the Capitol Theatre, will be carefully adhered to. Some aspects of the Festival, and the manner in which they are presented, may be subject to change. Specifically, the traditional "finger food" at the Friday evening reception will not be offered this year; but, as usual, drinks and snacks will be available that evening, and all weekend, at the Capitol's bar.

For 2021, single tickets to individual films are still just $10. And a weekend pass for the full Festival experience of 12 movies—a $120 value—is only $75! Tickets and passes are available now: click here to buy them!


Due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, the Marie Dressler Foundation has decided that the 2020 Vintage Film Festival must be cancelled. It is thought that it is unlikely that theatres will be allowed to open by September 2020 and similarly the opening gala would not be possible nor the associated fund-raising activities. Because the Festival is a major fundraiser for the Foundation, there will be no bursaries awarded in 2020.

The program will be deferred to Sept 24 to 26, 2021 when it is hoped that a normal Festival can take place.

John Draper

For Marie Dressler Foundation and
Vintage Film Festival Committee


The health and safety of our patrons and volunteers is of paramount importance to Marie Dressler Foundation.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have considered the risks inherent for the community in moving ahead with RearView DocFest as planned.

Regrettably, we see no choice but to announce the cancellation of RearView DocFest.

Not only is this a disappointment for you, our patrons, but particularly disappointing for the many dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past few months to prepare an engaging event.

Anyone who has already purchased tickets will be contacted within the next few days.

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely going forward, and assessing the possibility of rescheduling the event for later this year.

Please continue to check this website for news in the coming months.

Rick Miller
President and Chair
Marie Dressler Foundation


All the films for the festival have been confirmed and plans are well under way for another great event. Our Seminar speaker will be Chris Knight who is a film critic for the National Post and he is looking forward to speaking about "Movies, Duos and Us". As usual, we will have a Silent auction with many great items ranging from gift certificates to movie memorabilia. We will also have souvenir T-Shirts and Canvas bags for sale. Once again we will have impressive banners on display and these will be available for sale (by donation) after the event.

Tickets have been on sale for a while and are going fast - for the first time, tickets for a single movie are available in advance, online only.

If you like mingling with other fans, you will really want to attend the Opening Night Reception - buy a weekend pass or an opening night pass.


At our recent 2018 festival, we held a competition where we asked five Trivia Questions with four multiple choices (per question).  The prize was two weekend passes for the 2019 Festival.  Below are the questions, the correct answer for each, plus the winning patron. 

1) Duck Soup (1933)

Question: “When Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx) enter Trentino’s (Louis Calhern) office they hear ringing.  What is ringing?”

  • Trentino’s phone
  • Chimes from an open window
  • An alarm clock in Pinky’s pocket
  • Bells in the movie’s musical score
  • Correct answer: An alarm clock in Pinky’s pocket