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Weekly showings through June 10th!

Children under 2 are free

Debuting in 1948 and lovingly restored in 2017 after 30 years dormant, this is a show to ROAR about!  Back by popular demand, over 100 colorful and wonderful characters return to our stage, along with some newly restored circus bedazzlement, are heading your way!

Lions, elephants, tightrope walkers, acrobatic poodles and sooo much more, this is a not-to-be missed musical variety puppet spectacular!

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Poster By Allison Krumwiede 

Bob Baker's The Circus: Sideshow Spectacular
 A series of special, one time only events!

Featuring, inspired by, and diving deeper into the carnival of imagination that is Bob Baker’s The Circus. Animal acts, film screenings, clowns, music, discussions and decades dormant puppet numbers will bring to life this magnificent era of enthralling entertainment in Bob Baker's historic marionette theater!


Sun. 6/2,  5:30pm
Jacques Tati's  "Parade"




Bob Baker’s “Enchanted Toyshop” is a magical vision of a toy store come to life. Originally staged as “Toyland Review” in 1963, this whimsical and imaginative production intended to make real the fantasies of every child who has ever experienced the magic of playing with a toy. From animated cuckoo clocks to tumbling teddy bears, from jack-in-the-boxes to wooden soldiers, “Enchanted Toyshop” is a universal exploration of the childlike wonder and fantasy that kids of all ages should embrace and envision. 



 Artwork by Audrey Densmore

Artwork by Audrey Densmore

Sun. May 27, 8 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - Reception
10 p.m. - Savila!

SPECIAL DOUBLE BILL with a live concert from Savila 

Host extraordinaires Molly Fite & Jared Ramirez are BACK  from Puppet Purgatory to bring you puppets and comedy variety in WHEN PUPPETS ARE YOUR ONLY FRIENDS!  This month with guests David Arquette, Jeff Speetjeens, the Bob Baker Marionettes... and more to be annonced!

From Portand, Oregon Savila is cumbia/latin/world/r&b inspired music and visual art project by guitarist Fabiola Reyna, vocalist Brisa Gonzalez and percussionist extraordinaire Papi Fimbres





Th. May 31, 7:30 p.m.
Doors at 7:30, performance at 8:00

Join us for an exploratory evening featuring a fun, interactive presentation about everything that we DON’T know about the universe. From the origin of our cosmos, to the dark matter that surrounds us, to time travel, there are strange mysteries that abound. PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson team up to explain everything that we have no idea about—featuring science and live cartooning.

Sat  June 9,  8:00 p.m.
pre-reception at 7 p.m.

F is a Los Angeles art-rock supergroup whose motto is "Simplicity Through Noise" and who have developed a practice rooted in improvisational ensemble playing using electric guitars (played with rubber mallets and other extended as well as traditional techniques), percussion, and vintage synthesizers, in various combinations. F are: Marnie Weber, Doug Harvey, Daniel Hawkins, and Kane Lafia.

*$5 from every ticket goes towards our 'Schoolhouse Rocks' field trip program!



Sat. June 23, 9:00 p.m.
pre-reception at 8 p.m.

Hosted by Lindsay Benner, a world renowned juggler and entertainer, the evening spectacular will highlight females of magnificent talent and echoes of the bygone and golden era of Vaudevillian comedy and performance.



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Enjoy the summertime
with us at ...

levitt pavillion
los angeles

july 17, 2018 - 4pm



The Bob Baker Marionettes

Sunday, May 27
11:00 a.m.

Join Bob Baker's Marionettes in their kindred setting of a beautiful children's toy shop!

For monthly special engagements, we are proud to showcase the Bob Baker enchantment with our partners at Miracle Mile Toy Hall!

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Birthday PARTIES

Welcome to our celebrated Los Angeles tradition!
Our Birthday Party Packages consist of the following:

  • Personalized sheet cake from Hansen's Bakery!
  • Ice Cream, Fruit Punch & Lemonade!
  • Fully decorated party facility!
  • Balloon festival inside our beautiful Theater! 
  • Solid gold adjustable crown & Birthday gift for the Guest of Honor!
  • Post-show Marionette Meet-and-Greet with photo opportunities!

Field trips – schools, seniors, others

Yes, we are on the LAUSD Pre-Approved Field Trip list!  Learn more.

We offer group pricing for the following:

  • Field Trips
  • Boy and Girl Scout Troops
  • Senior Groups
  • Home Schools

*group pricing currently offered for organizations only. 


Traveling company

Allow the Bob Baker Marionette Theater to bring the joy of puppetry to your home, event, or function!

Perfect for schools, country clubs, birthday parties, business functions, or simply anywhere where there's fun is to be had.  
We offer a traveling troupe to perform a self contained marionette variety show! 


PRivate Events and theater rental

Special evening puppet performances, live music, masquerade balls, comedy and so much more. The Theater offers a vast array of public and private events throughout the year.

You can also rent our theater to host your own events!



  • We are located in beautiful Downtown Los Angeles at the merging corners of 1st Street, 2nd Street, and Glendale Blvd. 
  • Our theater is directly under the Beverly Street Bridge/ 1st St. Bridge, near Belmont High School and six blocks West of the Disney Music Hall.
  • We are a mile and a half South of Echo Park Lake.
  • The most common problem is finding yourself on Beverly Blvd., going over the Beverly Street Bridge and into or away from Downtown.


  • Street Parking is available, but limited. We encourage you to arrive early.
  • There is a Pay Lot on Glendale Blvd. PAYBOX cost is $5.00 - CASH ONLY

    Please be prepared to write your License Plate Number or Space Number on an envelope for payment provided at the Paybox at the lot entrance on Glendale Blvd.


1345 W. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026