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Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Time Out says

Nothing says childhood entertainment quite like a puppet show, and the longest-running marionette theater in the nation delivers, big-time. The late Bob Baker learned about the art of puppetry at just eight years old, and was making and performing with marionettes since 1945. Though Bob has passed and the theater has moved from Westlake to Highland Park, its charms have stayed in tact: The kitsch factor is high here—original puppets (some worse for wear), cheesy old songs and sorbet-colored decor—but that only adds to the legendary vibe. Tykes truly delight in watching the marionettes come to life in the darkened theater space. A variety of holiday-themed performances are especially big hits around Halloween and Christmas.

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Address: 4949 York Boulevard
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This place is so fascinating. It's technically for children, but it's been around forever and not much about it strikes me as kid-friendly, from the massive, ancient stage lights that look like they could fall and impale a toddler at any moment, to the terrifying puppets built decades ago, many of which seem worse for wear. But here's the thing—kids LOVE this place. And I love it because it kind of freaks me out—it's creepy and nostalgic and filled with children and I'm simultaneously sad that the Bob Baker heyday is over and proud that I live in a city that's fought so hard to keep this weird LA tradition alive. Also, there's free ice cream and coffee after every show, and if you ask nicely, the puppeteers will give you a backstage tour (so. many. creepy. puppets).

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