Vintage Film Festival
The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in October.
Full details here.
Dressler House currently operates as Cobourg's Tourist Information office as well as housing the small Marie Dressler Museum. Note that the Museum is closed for renovations until Sept. 24, 2016. Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.
Weekdays: 9:00 - 5:00
Weekends: 10:00 - 4:00
Weekdays: 9:00 - 5:00
The Marie Dressler Story
Born in Cobourg, Canada - one of Hollywood's greatest stars
The Dressler Story: to Dream, to Dare, to Persist, to Win
Cobourg is the birthplace of Marie Dressler - one of the greatest comediennes of her generation and one of Hollywood's best loved stars.
This is the official site of the Marie Dressler Foundation whose mission is to make sure that Marie Dressler is remembered.
The Foundation, a registered charity, was created to raise money to restore her house when it was burnt down in 1989 (More here). The largest current activity is the Vintage Film Festival which is held on the last weekend in October every year.
Another major activity of the Foundation is to award scholarships to students planning to pursue an education in the arts field - preferably film arts. There is a list of previous scholarship winners here. The 2015 winners were presented with their awards at Dressler House on June 27 - see the story with photos here. For more information on how to apply, go here.
Also available on this site
On April 29 and 30, 2017, the Marie Dressler Foundation will be joining in celebrating Canada's 150 celebrations with a Festival of Documentary Films called A Portrait in Documentary Film. We will show Documentary Films from 15 minutes to 60 minutes from the National Film Board, CBC and National Archives of Canada and will feature a range of documentary films spanning Canada’s 150 years.
The venue is the LOFT on Division Street. More details will be available nearer to the date. Admission is Free.
On September 24, 2016, special guest Matthew Kennedy, author of "Marie Dressler: A Biography" (1999), gave a lively talk at the gala dinner celebrating the Dressler Museum's grand opening fundraiser event. He spoke about some of the less known facts about Marie. Below is the video by Devon Stewart.
If you are familiar with the previous museum, you will see that the new one is 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.
Chex-TV announced the upcoming opening of the Museum on September 24 with a short news item. In one and a half minutes they showed the house, talked about the Museum and had both Foundation Chair Rick Miller and Museum build project manager Britney Sproule talk about Marie. See the clip below. Looks good on full screen!