A Capital Campaign to preserve a living theater experience!





hooray l.a.

In 1981, Bob Baker staged his love letter to Los Angeles. After 35 years without a public performance, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is proud to revive this wonderful production.

Grab a seat for our edutainment extravaganza featuring 100s of Bob Baker’s hand crafted marionettes that wiggle and shake to make you giggle and applaud!

Fri. May 26!
8:00 p.m.

Los Angeles on Shifting Ground

The evening will examine the city's habit of erasure, as well as forms of collective recall, through disaster footage, visualizations of local wind patterns, L.A. Housing Authority archival films, documentation of lost neighborhoods and landmarks, contemporary marketing schemes for "historic downtown," and a dance and live sound performance that explores community transformation and its impact on the body. Plus much more and of course, puppets!

Sat. May 27!

Shana Cleveland & Scott  Yoder

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Burger Records co-presents a night of cosmic-garage-folk with an amazing lineup of frontmen showing us their more sensitive side: Gabriel Hart (Jail Weddings), Shana Cleveland (La Luz) and Scott Yoder (The Pharmacy) who'll be joining us from Seattle in support of his new album. This event will include a puppet show, and proceeds go towards funding future fieldtrips to the theater.

Fri. June 23!
8:00 p.m.

WOmen in vaudeville

Join us for the second presentation of Women in Vaudeville! 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.

captured aural phantasy theater presents night of noir

Sat. June 10!
7:30 p.m.

Witness tales from the pages of vintage crime comic books – exposed! – uncensored and LIVE! In this retro variety show, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater blows a kiss to its hometown, Los Angeles, by blending hard-boiled culture and the absurd in an evening of performances inspired by noir movies, pulp fiction and the fierce crime comic books of the 40’s. 



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

We offer group pricing for the following groups:

  • 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 under the Beverly Street Bridge, near Belmont High School and six blocks West of the new 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.
  • We are directly under the Beverly Blvd/ 1st. Street Bridge.


  • Street Parking is limited. We encourage you to arrive early.
  • There is a Pay Lot on Glendale Blvd. PAYBOX cost is $5.00 - CASH ONLY
    NOTE: Please be prepared to write your License Plate Number or Space Number on an envelope for payment provided at the Paybox.


1345 W. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026