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Vintage Film Festival

movie-reels79The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in October. Full details here.


Marie Dressler House

MDH with new sign

The history of the Marie Dressler House is here.  It is now the home of the Interactive Canadian Women in Film Museum.

Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

The Marie Dressler Museum has been expanded and is now called "Canadian Women in Film Museum".


Opening hours for 2023
By appointment only - see About Us page

Visit the new museum's website here for details of how to book your visit at other times


September 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Concert Hall, 2nd floor, Victoria Hall, Cobourg

The Board of Directors of Marie Dressler Foundation are pleased to announce a thought-provoking evening entitled “Women and Hollywood” on September 14th at the Concert Hall, Victoria Hall, Cobourg.

“Cobourg-born Academy Award winner Marie Dressler was an early celebrity champion of opportunities for women”, said Rick Miller, President & Chair, Marie Dressler Foundation. “Some ninety years later, opportunities for women is still an important issue. With this in mind, to celebrate Marie Dressler’s 150th birthday, we have arranged an interesting pair of talks”, added Miller.  

Women and HollywoodMatthew KennedyMatthew Kennedy, is a writer, film historian, anthropologist and author of Marie Dressler: A Biography and two other biographies of classic Hollywood.

He will focus on the lesser-known work of Marie Dressler as a social activist to a number of vital causes of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The generosity and commitment of her humanitarian efforts translates into the warm and unforgettable screen performances that have delighted audiences for over a century.

Cari BeauchampCari Beauchamp is the award winning author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of early Hollywood and five other books of film history. A Vanity Fair contributor, Ms. Beauchamp has written, produced and appeared in over a dozen documentaries, serves as the Resident Scholar of the Mary Pickford Foundation and is the only person to twice be named an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Scholar.

Ms. Beauchamp will explore what has really changed since the movie days of Marie Dressler, some 90 years ago – _from the powerful roles of women in front of, and behind the cameras in early Hollywood, to the importance of communities of women, then and now.

Tickets are now on sale at The Concert Hall Box Office, Victoria Hall or at this page here. (No longer avaialable)

$27.50 per ticket    Capacity: 240


Donors and Sponsors Marketing Partners
Lynn Hardy (Lead Sponsor);
Kim Rudd, M.P.;
Rotary Club of Cobourg;
New Amherst Homes;
Karen Chalovich, BMO Nesbitt Burns;
Lorenz Conveyancing;
Woodlawn Inn;
Staples Canada Inc.;
John Lillico.
Northumberland Learning Connection;
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre;
Canadian Federation of University Women Northumberland;
Northumberland Film Sundays;
Toronto Silent Film Festival;
Cameco Capitol Arts Centre.