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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


Latest Bursaries

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    Graham Beer 2018

  • Malcolm Jack

    Malcolm Jack - 2022

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    Ben Hughes 2018

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    Kieva Earle 2018

  • Alyssa Brush

    Alyssa Brush - 2022

  • Georgia Callaghan

    Georgia Callaghan - 2022

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    Kyler Tonkin 2017

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    Carter Holmes 2017

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    Stephanie Kooman 2017

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    Ava Bogyay 2019

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    Olivia Rapsos 2019

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    Mackenzie Earle 2017

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    Juliette Sinnott 2019

  • Isabell Haig

    Isabell Haig - 2022

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    Sydney Stewart 2018

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    Morgan Murray 2017

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    Andrew Atanasoff 2019

The Marie Dressler Birthday Celebration was held on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at the C. Gordon King Centre (Library). Birthday cake and tea was served at 1:30 p.m. after which Antonio Sarmiento introduced the Dressler hit film TUGBOAT ANNIE (1933 ) with the question 'Did Dressler save Hollywood?' The celebration ended with draws for door prizes. Tickets were $8.00 at the door.

tugboat annie posterThe TUGBOAT ANNIE role made Dressler a household name and Americans came to Cobourg searching for her birthplace. Lenah Field Fisher saw an opportunity and opened the Dressler House Restaurant in 1937 and the elegant dining establishment became a stopping place for travelers on Highway number two en route from Toronto to Montreal. When the fire of 1989 threatened to bring an end to this wonderful landmark, The Marie Dressler Foundation was formed to save the architectural gem. The Dressler Scholarship and Cobourg Vintage Film Festival followed.

Through the mists of time one is challenged to realize that on November 9, 1868 a very remarkable girl was born here and took her first steps to stardom on our very own front street. When Dressler was at the height of her Hollywood fame and the highest paid star she was often asked about her birthplace. Dressler readily replied, "Cobourg, Canada."

Do come and join us as we celebrate Dressler's talent, determination and her incredible success in the midst of the Great Depression.

Barbara Garrick.

Below are photos of this event.  Photos by Rick Miller