Vintage Film Festival

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


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Marie Dressler House


The Marie Dressler House no longer operates as Cobourg's Tourist Information office but still  houses the Interactive Marie Dressler Museum.  Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

Hours (Subject to change).

Summer 2017 (to end of October)
Weekdays: 9:00 - 5:00
Weekends: 12:00 - 4:00

Winter 2017 (to end of December)
Weekdays: 9:00 - 5:00
Weekends: Closed

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News about the activities of the Marie Dressler Foundation

A Hollywood styled social event hosted by Marie Dressler Foundation, the evening is modeled after Marie Dressler's 65th birthday party held in Hollywood on November 9, 1933. dinner at eight posterThis will be a "Hollywood North" art-deco themed 150th birthday party dinner featuring 1930's menu and period cocktails, live 1930's music by Northumberland Orchestra, and a birthday cake extravaganza. Following dinner and dessert, there will be a showing of one of Marie's best loved films, "Dinner At Eight".

Special guest(s): to be announced when tickets go on sale

Date/time:  Saturday, September 29, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Best Western Inn & Convention Centre, Cobourg
Tickets: On sale in May 2018 - price TBD


Isabelle GobeilIsabelle Gobeil, Animatrice / Reporter, Radio-Canada, Toronto visited Marie Dressler Museum a couple of weeks ago and reported on Radio as well as on the web site. Click here to go to the web page which includes photos, text and the audio. Il est entièrement en français.


Marie Dressler was an early celebrity leader of women's rights. In 1919, at the peak of her Broadway stage career, Marie was active in the Actors' Equity Strike, standing up for the plight of chorus girls. As a result, once the strike was settled, the Broadway theatre owners ensured Marie would never work on Broadway again.

The Hon. Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport came to Cobourg on February 5th and visited the Marie Dressler Museum.  The occasion was the announcement of a program of events in 2018 celebrating Marie Dressler’s 150th birthday. Daiene was suitably impressed with the Museum and with the efforts made by Cobourg to preserve our Heritage and provide things for tourists and residents to do.  Also at the event were MPP Lou Rinaldi, Town of Cobourg Director Dean Hustwick and the County’s Tourism manager Eileen Lum. Marie Dressler Foundation Chair, Rick Miller, showed the Minister the features of the Museum and finished with a video about how it came to be plus an announcement of upcoming events. Daiene remarked that we need to make our treasures work and Lou commented that it’s good to preserve our history.

November 9th is Marie Dressler's 149th birthday so the Dressler Foundation put on a big celebration for her.  The celebration featured a professionally made documentary of how the community came together to build the museum, free Marie Dressler Butter Tarts (and coffee) and then followed this with a screening of one of Marie Dressler's earliest movies, Tillie Wakes Up, made in 1917.  (The Butter tarts were designed by Stephanie Harrington at the Dutch Oven).