Harris Co. puts on a fashion show at Redlands’ Liberty movie theater – Redlands Daily Facts

The spring fashion show held March 10 and 11, 1922, at the Liberty Theater in Redlands was presented following screenings of “The Lotus Eater” starring John Barrymore. This is part of the Liberty Theater ad that ran March 11, 1922, in the Redlands Daily Facts. (Redlands Daily Facts)

March 9, 1922

Fashion review at the Liberty

No little interest is centering in the big fashion review which is to be presented tomorrow and Saturday nights a the Liberty Theater through the combined efforts of the Harris Company and several other concerns, including Bennetts’, Lownes, Reid & Co., the City Nurseries and the Southwest Electric Company.

The theater is to be decorated elaborately with ferns and flowers from the City Nursery and special lighting effects are being arranged by the Southwest Electric men.

Men also are to have a part in the promenade and not only women’s gowns and frocks will be shown, but the latest in men’s wearing apparel will be exhibited on models, the Reid store furnishing suits, coats, hats, etc. Miss Ruth Prest of San Bernardino will give a program of toe dances and the evening is to be concluded with a final review of a formal afternoon wedding. A special stage is being arranged for the show.

The fashion review will being at 8:45, following the picture “The Lotus Eater,” starring John Barrymore. There will be but one review each night.

March 10, 1922

Flu epidemic seems improved

Reports show that the influenza epidemic is showing some abatement. There are a number of new cases reported each day, but not so many as a week or two weeks ago. There are several people who are now seriously ill with pneumonia following the influenza, but it is said that all of them have a good chance for recovery.

Because of the great number of cases the hospitals in Redlands, the county hospital and the San Bernardino hospitals are full to capacity. No nurses are available here and people who fall victims to the epidemic are forced to depend on relatives to nurse them through the illness.

All physicians say that the epidemic this year is not nearly so serious as three years ago, for there are very few cases where pneumonia develops.

There is some improvement noted in the schools, although between two and three hundred are absent every day. Superintendent Clement says that many people are keeping their children out of school when they are not ill.

The Harris Company, which had stores in Redlands and San Bernardino, sponsored a spring fashion show with help from several other businesses March 10 and 11, 1922, at the Liberty Theater in Redlands. This ad for the show ran March 10, 1922, in the Redlands Daily Facts. (Redlands Daily Facts)

March 11, 1922

Style review at the Liberty

What spring brings forth for “my lady” was witnessed by a fascinated audience at the Liberty theater last night when several stores of the city presented a style review, or better a “pageant of costumes.” Lovely, gorgeous, wonderful; the words do not describe the gowns and hats which were exhibited last night, and as the models appeared on the stage and filed down the aisle, one marveled at their number and beauty. The review will be given again this evening at 8:30.

The stage was decorated with ferns and flowers by the City Nursery and the colored lights which were thrown on the costumes were arranged by the Southwest Electric Company and added greatly to the general effect.

The charming young women who exhibited the frocks and gowns were the Misses Millicent Long, Elizabeth Smith, Bess Morse, Gladys Lanphier, Imogene Sherrard, Merle Richardson and little Audrey Wagner, of Redlands, Ruby Alverson, Ruth Prest, Edna Schmidt, Mrs. A.E. Alverson and little Hope Anker of San Bernardino.

E.D. Reid & Co. furnished men’s suits, coats and hats for the spring fashion show presented March 10 and 11, 1922, at the Liberty Theater in Redlands. This ad ran March 10, 1922, in the Redlands Daily Facts. (Redlands Daily Facts)

The men too had a part in the style review of last evening, Orland Fowler, Alex McNeur, Edward England and Vance Ford appearing in the latest in men’s suits, coats and accessories, loaned by the E.D. Reid & Company store.

The dresses, for all occasions, evening, afternoon, street and sport wear, and the beautiful wraps were from the stock of the Harris Company, that firm having sponsored and completed arrangements for the review of last evening. Though simplicity is to be the general note this spring, beads are to have their place and are to be used in abundance as evidenced by the shimmering ornaments displayed on the gowns under the bright lights.

Because of the rainy weather of the past, spring hats have not made their appearance as early this season as in years gone before, but the audience last night had an opportunity to see just what is to be worn. For with every costume was worn a chic hat from the Lownes store. Shoes worn were from Bennetts’ Bootery.

One of the delightful features of the evening was the group of toe dances by Miss Ruth Prest of San Bernardino who has entertained Redlands audiences before with her talent. She wore a charming costume of black net and satin.

The review was concluded with a wedding party which formed behind the curtains and proceeded down the aisle to the back of the theater. Miss Imogene Sherrard was the very lovely bride and her brother, Orville Sherrard, acted as the groom. The six bridesmaids wore dainty frocks of organdy and silk in pastel shades and the little flower girl, Audrey Wagner, wore a pretty frock of pale blue. The young men, as ushers, completed the wedding party.