Vaudeville Sketches and High-Class Motion Pictures

We have been unable to find much information about Hermann and Reno and their combination Vaudeville and motion picture show. We know they played small towns in Kansas and Missouri in 1911 and promised “Clean, Refined, Moral” shows that were safe for women and children. (Thank goodness for that!)

The Checotah, Oklahoma Times in 1909 announced that the Hermann & Reno Show Co. provided “high class moving pictures and vaudeville,” with a “complete change of pictures every night and vaudeville every two nights,” along with “2000 feet of films every night,” for those who liked quantity in their motion pictures. The Lucas (Kansas) Independent promised “Arthur Hermann, the Chicago whirl-wind buck and wing dancer,” as part of the show in October 1911.

They were in Skidmore for the week of November 11, 1911, as we see in the Skidmore New Era’s November 7 edition:

Ad for Herrman and Reno. Text of ad follows.
Ad for a week’s performance by Herrman & Reno in Skidmore, Missouri, November 1912.

Ad reads, “Opera House! One solid week commencing Monday Night, November 11. Herrman and Reno, the people’s popular vaudeville favorites presenting a strong repertoire of Vaudeville sketches in conjunction with high class motion pictures of the better class dramas and lively comedies. Complete change of program nightly. Clean, refined for ladies, gents and children. The Lady and the Tramp, next Monday night. Admission Monday night 10 cents. Big and little, any seat in house. Performance at 8:30, open 7:45.”

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