December 1st, 2018 at:

A seasonal theatrical spectacular!

Featuring a musical performance by OK Go, classic Bob Baker Marionettes in their holiday glory, and a captivating cadre of special guests! 

farewell 1345

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is celebrating its final month of programming at 1345 W. 1st Street with some of our best friends and collaborators! We are proud to showcase an entire month of special events celebrating the Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s 55 years of programming at this location– as well as some exciting glimpses into our exciting future (and new home)!

Roofless painters: oil painting class

Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 at 7:00pm

Roofless Painters is a nomadic painting atelier and gallery in Los Angeles providing art education and exhibits to art-craving elves. Join them as they oil paint the Bob Baker Marionettes– no previous experience is required and all supplies are provided!

movie screening: calder’s circus!

Nov. 8 at 8:00pm

Bob Baker Marionette Theater and La Collectionneuse celebrate the Circus with a screening of “Calder’s Circus” which profiles an artistic rendering of a circus created by the American artist Alexander Calder. Celebrate with a movie and Bob Baker performances from our “Circus” show!

Bob & Rene: A Double Bill of Puppet Greats!

Nov. 9 at 8:00pm
Doors at 7:00pm

Life-long friends and contemporaries, Bob Baker and fellow giant of puppetry, Rene, will dazzle our stage one last time at the historic Bob Baker Marionette Theater. A marionette double bill of two Los Angeles puppet treasures; the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and Joe Selph present a marionette spectacular revue of two kindred spirits and their life's work.

Charles phoenix Presents: BBMT this is your life!

Nov. 10 at 5:30pm and 8:00pm

Don’t miss this very special performance hosted by Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at Los Angeles’ time-honored palace of puppetry. Featuring photos, videos, and dozens of mesmerizing marionettes specially chosen for this very historic event!

Women in vaudeville: the final show!

Nov. 11 at 7:00pm

Hosted by Lindsay Benner, world renowned juggler and entertainer, this family friendly evening will highlight females of magnificent talent and echoes of the bygone and golden era of Vaudevillian comedy and performance!

Tom Explores Los Angeles presents: HONK!

Nov. 14 at 7:30pm

Honk! is a Night of Story Telling and Puppet Performances told through the windshield with readings from LA luminaries Lynell George, Sam Sweet and urban planner, Max Podemski. Tom Carroll will be hosting the evening and debuting a new episode of his documentary series, "Tom Explores Los Angeles." 



Nov. 14 at 11:00pm

5 Every Day presents CLUB PUPPET, an after-hours dance party at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Come celebrate the Bob Baker Marionettes’ final days in their historic Echo Park theater by joining them on the dance floor, as the theater transforms for one night only into a colorful late-night disco of red velvet, tinsel, and imagination. Dublab DJs.


Nov. 15 at 8:00pm

A musical celebration of all things Bob Baker! Featuring SAD GIRL, HEALING GEMS, and, of course, the Bob Baker Marionettes!

Tom Kenny (the voice of spongebob) and Screen novelties present… holiday brew!

Nov. 16 at 7:30pm

A beautiful brew of all our favorite holidays! Famed stop-motion animation company Screen Novelties and Tom Kenny (a.k.a the voice of SpongeBob!) present an evening of animation, puppets, and seasonal spectaculars– along with a ROCKnSOUL music revue from Tom Kenny and the Hi-Seas!

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When puppets are your only friends pt. xxv

Nov. 18 at 7:00pm

Molly Fite and Jrd Rmrz are your hosts for the 25th installment of WHEN PUPPETS ARE YOUR ONLY FRIENDS.

A final farewell to 1345

Nov. 23 at 6:00pm and 9:00pm

Our FINAL PERFORMANCES in our original space, 1345 W. 1st Street, our home that we have known and loved since 1963. Come relive the magic and memories that have entertained and inspired generation after generation of Angelenos and visitors. 

story time with Dj lance rock and the bob baker marionettes!

Poster Art: Missy Steele

Poster Art: Missy Steele

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Saturday , Sept 29, 2018
Doors: 10:00am / Show: 10:30am
Approx. 45 mins.

September is Read-A-New-Book Month! Just in time to celebrate, DJ Lance Rock and those beloved Bob Baker Marionettes are teaming up on the Red Part of the BBMT Carpet for what's sure to a real page turner, guaranteed to be the silliest kind of story time you and your little ones have ever been to, and it's gonna be .... AWESOME!

DJ Lance Rock will begin the morning as your personal Story Teller, reading a favorite tale straight from the book pages and right into your imagination! Then, get ready for giggles with puppet performances, followed by the zany marionette mayhem of Captain Wilbur and Banjo Monkey (performed and voiced by Bob Baker Puppeteer Jared Ramirez) for made-up story time with you and DJ Lance Rock

We'll see you criss-cross-applesauce on the Blue Part of the Carpet for STORY TIME, puppets and fun!


When Puppets Are Your Only Friends:
"For A Few Puppets More!" aka Molly's BDay show!
Sunday September 30, 2018
7:00 pm - Reception
8:00 pm - Showtime
Tickets - $15

23 episodes of When Puppets Are Your Only Friends, y'all!

Grab your puppet, and reach for the sky, cowpoke!
This month we take Tinker, the Donkey, Marty Mongoose, Regina Rat (oh yea and Molly and Jrd...) hot off their trip to Italy and throw them on a covered wagon headed WEST... for the rootin'est, tootin'est Spaghetti-Western-Comedy-Variety-Puppet Show of your life, pard'ner!

7-8pm: get your libations on in our Party Room/Puppet Saloon and Bar with live music entertainment and interactive performances!

8pm: Showtime! 

We've rounded up quite the posse:
Bill Watterson (Dave Made A Maze)
Ember Knight (KING OF LA)
Captain Tall Tale - Adventurer
Joe Annabi
Jeff Wysaski
Mgeiul Ayala

& and as always: the wonderful puppets and their puppeteers from Bob Baker Marionette Theater; without whom our show would not be possible!

As if you needed more good reason to do-si-do on down: we're celebrating your host Molly Fite's birthday! Prrromenade!

This show has some grown-up humor.
Parental discretion advised!

Counterfeit Modernism


Chris Kallmyer shares his new film and performance that explores the life of a replica of Sol LeWitt’s 1971 sculpture, Modular. The starring LeWitt travels to places and contexts that the original work cannot - lounging poolside in Venice, going deep into the Mojave Desert, or by a live fire.

The film features interviews with a physicist, architect, folklorist, toddlers, and puppeteers talking about their own lives as it crosses paths with the LeWitt. The event is hosted and features the amazing Bob Baker Marionette Theater, a historic landmark established in 1963 to celebrate puppetry and the allied arts. The evening will feature beer by SolArc Brewing that will help you exercise your modernist demons. 

Chris Kallmyer is an artist and performer living in Los Angeles. His work explores our relationship to site and architecture, inviting the listener or viewer to experience sound and art in situ. Kallmyer’s work has garnered commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Hammer Museum, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, The Getty Center, the City of Los Angeles, and other spaces in America and Europe. He completed his MFA in 2009 at California Institute of the Arts and worked closely with the art collective Machine Project in creating over 100 projects since 2008 at institutions across the United States. 


Bob Baker's The Circus: Sideshow Spectaculars is 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!


IMAGE: Original poster for Big Top Pee-Wee, 1988, directed by Randal Kleiser.

Big Top Pee-wee

(with a special introduction by Pee-wee's Playhouse designer and voice of Vance the Pig WAYNE WHITE!)

Friday, May 11 at 7:30pm

Join us for the 1988 classic, Big Top Pee-Wee! In this sequel to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Pee-wee Herman is now a small-town farmer with a fiancée, but when a traveling circus comes to town, he finds himself falling for the trapeze artist!

This screening of Big Top Pee-Wee includes an introduction by artist/puppeteer/designer of Pee-wee's Playhouse, Wayne White!


Lawrence Jordan's Three Ring Circus

Friday, May 18 at 8:00pm

Featuring three shorts by the mid-century, Bay Area-based avant-garde filmmaker Lawrence Jordan on 16mm! Plus puppet performances, an alt-clowning act, and more short-form cinematic acts! 

Plus puppet performances, a mime act from Honeybuns (500 Clown, iO, Second City, Redmoon, Chicago Children’s Theater, Collaboraction, the Actor’s Gymnasium), and more short-form cinematic sideshows!

“Select films co-curated by KJ Relth (UCLA Film & TV Archive) and Taylor Rowley (Windmills of Your Mind, KXLU)” 

IMAGE:  Our Lady of the Sphere , dir. Larry Jordan, 1972.

IMAGE: Our Lady of the Sphere, dir. Larry Jordan, 1972.

IMAGES: (top)  Mister Prokouk, Acroba t, dir. Karel Zeman, 1959. (bottom)  The Little Umbrella , dir. Břetislav Pojar, 1957.

IMAGES: (top) Mister Prokouk, Acrobat, dir. Karel Zeman, 1959.
(bottom) The Little Umbrella, dir. Břetislav Pojar, 1957.

animals and animation night!

featuring Animation Breakdown’s “The Greatest Shorts on Earth!: Animated Circus Films from Eastern Europe” + Live Animal Acts!

Saturday, May 19 at 6:00pm

Come one, come all! Bring the whole family for an evening of furry and feathered derring-do’s, puppet acrobatics, and vintage big top shorts from some of world animation’s greatest ringleaders. Little seen in the US, the films of Eastern Europe’s mid century maestros stand as some of the most inventive, beautiful and charming children’s films of all time, and the 1950s yielded several Czech and Polish shorts celebrating the magic of the three-ring spectacle. Featuring a cast of enchanted toys, clumsy clowns, an ice-skating lion and many more, all rendered in gorgeous stop-motion and cut-out animation and sure to delight children of all ages.

And, ladies and gentleman, that’s not all! The evening’s extravaganza comes complete with both musical interludes from the Bob Baker Marionettes, performances by Madison and Tucker the Terrific Terrier, and Bill Perron and Cookie the Psychic Dog!


Charlie chaplin's the circus

Sunday, May 20 at 5:30pm

The Circus is a 1928 silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. The film stars Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis and Henry Bergman. The ringmaster of an impoverished circus hires Chaplin's Little Tramp as a clown, but discovers that he can only be funny unintentionally, not on purpose.....

Join us for this incredible screening, plus some very special Bob Baker Circus numbers!

IMAGE: Original poster for  The Circus , dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1928.

IMAGE: Original poster for The Circus, dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1928.

IMAGE: Poster from  Parade , dir. Jacques Tati, 1986.

IMAGE: Poster from Parade, dir. Jacques Tati, 1986.

Jacque Tati's Parade

Saturday, June 2 at 5:30pm

Combining music, circus acts and pantomime, much-loved French comedian and director Jacques Tati entertains a live Swedish audience in his last film. The circus acts range from clowns to magicians, but Tati also returns to his roots with a series of miming sessions, which include imitating a goalie, a tennis player and a fisherman. 

And no screening would be complete without a special performance from the Bob Baker Marionettes and a special act Joe & Asa from Cirque de Loon!

Bob’s petite Theatre at oxy arts

Bob Baker’s “Petite Theater,” which existed before well before the Bob Baker Marionette Theater at 1345 W 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Bob Baker’s “Petite Theater,” which existed before well before the Bob Baker Marionette Theater at 1345 W 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles.

For Bob’s Petite Theater at OxyArts, we wanted to honor Bob’s original vision- We enlisted help from Bob Breen of Moryork to help us get it just right!

For Bob’s Petite Theater at OxyArts, we wanted to honor Bob’s original vision- We enlisted help from Bob Breen of Moryork to help us get it just right!

Looking back at a summer of fun, education, and puppets!

All summer long, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater presented puppet shows, had workshops focusing on making and performing, learned new skills, and made new friends! We can’t wait to continue to present more things like things in our new home at 4949 York Blvd. Here’s just a sampling of what we did:

  • Made shadows jump off the screen and into the 3rd Dimension with Eric Kurland and Christine Marie

  • Sampled original tracks that inspired Bob Baker soundtracks with Dublab

  • Explored why puppeteers do what they do, with a conversation lead by Eli Presser

  • Compared marionettes made by various artists with Joe Selph and Alex Evans

  • Learned to make puppets using a laser cutter, recycled materials, and more!

  • Patterned pieces to make GIANT puppets with Robin Walsh

  • Practiced ventriloquism with Karl Herlinger

  • Sampled some stage sounds with Foley Artist Jeff Gardner

  • Had a ball with hand puppets with our good friends Jared Ramirez and Molly Fite

  • Relaxed and related to Lullabies with Laub

  • Designed Shadow Puppets with Stephanie James

our inspiration for Bob’s Petite Theater at OxyArts

Bob Baker was just 6 years old when he saw his first puppet show…

Shortly thereafter, Bob established his “Petite Theatre” in the backyard of his home on New Hampshire Avenue in Los Angeles.

Bob's Petite Theatre at Oxy Arts is the first public program following the Bob Baker Marionette Theater's announcement of its new home in Highland Park, and its first as a fully active nonprofit organization. The Theater is dedicated to educating, celebrating, and rejuvenating puppetry and the allied arts. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater's former venue of 55 years in Westlake, Los Angeles provided a place where the company could engage with and respond to the city around it. Now in a moment of transition and transformation, the Theater, in residence at Occidental College’s new community venue Oxy Arts from late May through August, looks back on the earliest ideas that grew into the organization it is today.

Housed in a makeshift workshop in his backyard, Bob Baker's Petite Theatre was a place where design, culture, and a singular vision met to create the framework that thousands of artists and audiences would contribute to over many years. Bob's Petite Theatre at Oxy Arts is a place to recreate our founder Bob Baker’s earliest experiments with performance, fabrication and engagement, and share the creative resources at the heart of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater with our community.

Through shows, workshops, and interactive activities for all ages, the Theater looks back on 55 years and seeks new ways to prepare for the next 50 following the closure of its original location and the opening of its new one. Join us as we communicate with and explore this extensive history and vision based in curiosity, imagination, and joy.

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Bob’s Petite Theatre at Oxy Arts will present a series of 10 free puppet shows followed by workshops on Tuesdays throughout the duration of this residency. In addition to these shows and workshops, Bob Baker staff, friends, artists, and puppeteers will host a variety of special events that inquire, celebrate, and examine the work that the Theater has done for decades and ways in which it can change and grow moving forward.


3 O'Clock Rock Workshop

Join us for a very special music-making workshop, lead by Oakland based 3 O'Clock Rock!

Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017
Classes:  5:30p.m. and  6:15p.m.
Tickets: $25.00

Specifically for kids in Grades 3-5, this is an opportunity to learn about rhythm and guitar basics, and get a taste of playing in a rock band with teacher David Castillo of Pizza Time,  Panaderia (from Burger Records/Tender Moments)

3 O'Clock Rock will bring instruments that the kids will learn on and by the end up the lesson, the kids will have learned to play "Judy is a Punk" by the Ramones.

Each workshop is 30 minutes and has a 5 kid MAXIMUM.

Burger Records Presents:


 featuring Colleen Green


Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017
Time: All-ages friendly bar beginning at 6:00 p.m.  
Doors: 8:00 p.m.  
Show: 9:00 p.m.

This show will fuse together indie rock stylings and classic Christmas tunes. In true Bob Baker fashion, festive puppets will perform before and between sets, spreading joy everywhere they roam! 

3 O'Clock Rock has brought 2 of their bands (Half Time Show and Revo), composed entirely of teens, on their first So-Cal tour.

Colleen Green then has a 30 minute set, followed by Cassie Ramone's set of indie rock Christmas tunes.

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Captured Aural Phantasy Theater

Date:  Saturday October 28 + Sunday October 29
Doors: 7:30 p.m.
Show: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00 / $25.00 at door

TWO NIGHTS ONLY! Celebrate Halloween 2017 with Comics and Puppets!  This Halloween, join Captured Aural Phantasy Theater for the TALES FROM THE CRYPT THEATER OF MYSTERY!, an evening of vintage Halloween treats and new, live nighttime entertainment at the historically creepy Bob Baker Marionette Theater. In this one-of-a-kind scare show, we present multi-media performances of classic horror stories from legendary "Tales from the Crypt" comic books LIVE on-stage along with spooky music, macabre magic acts and other Halloween thrills including haunting performances by the Bob Baker Marionettes!

As a special BONUS, the Sunday night show will include, in its second act, a unique tribute to a nearby theme park’s  
Haunted Mansion with a guest performance by legendary voice artist, Pete Renaday
, the Ghost Host from the original 1969 record.


Working with the EC family and within their unique old radio show-inspired performance style, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater has crafted 2 nights to remember, mining classic memories of Halloweens past and bringing them into the 21st Century through projections, humor, music and thrilling surprises. They've mixed 50’s horror comics, 70’s trick-or-treating and 40’s spook shows into a chilling night of terror in a 60’s puppet theater.

See shocking stories!    See a skeleton loose its head!    Win a dead body!

The show is open to all who dare! Candy and drinks (even adult concoctions) will be available!

Look out for drink and food specials at local restaurants!


For more about our friends at
Captured Aural Phantasy Theater.
visit their website!


Friday October 27, 8:00 p.m.

A live reading of Roger Corman's 1960 black comedy The Little Shop of Horrors. Read by special guests: Josh Fadem (30 Rock, Twin Peaks), Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black, Jurassic World), Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway, Family Guy), David Arquette (Scream)  Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn, 21 Jump Street) and John Ennis (Mr. Show, Video Game High School), Malcolm Barrett and Chris Nichols.  Live musical accompaniment by Drennon Davis (Imaginary Radio) and Mike Nissen (Imaginary Radio, A House for Lions).  Plus other surprise guests!

Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show begins at 8pm.

Tickets: $20 (for limited time only)

            Orignal 1960 theatrical poster

           Orignal 1960 theatrical poster

       Local brewery event sponsor

       Local brewery event sponsor

Musical entertainment by The Starlets presented by Sunset Singers!

Musical entertainment by The Starlets
presented by Sunset Singers!

Roger Corman's "horroromedy" The Little Shop of Horrors was released to rave
reviews in 1960. The film chronicled a ragtag team of employees at a Skid Row flower shop, at the center of which was Seymour Krelboined, a downtrodden florist who finds himself on the outs with the law, after a rare Japanese plant he has been tending morphs into a giant horticultural horror show with its lust for human blood. This film was the basis for the hit Broadway musical as well as the 1986 Frank Oz film of the same name. It also introduced the world to a 23-year-old Jack Nicholson.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater is putting its own spin on the fan favorite by hosting this live reading with a stellar lineup. Embellished by highlights from the currently running Bob Baker Marionette Theater show, Hallowe'en Spooktacular, as well as an Audrey Jr. photo booth, a pumpkin flavored IPA generously donated by Angel City Brewery and live musical accompaniment by Drennon Davis (Imaginary Radio) and Mike Nissen (Imaginary Radio, A House for Lions).

JUST ADDED!  Post-show musical entertainment by 60's motown girl group, The Starlets, presented by Sunset Singers!  

All proceeds will go to the Theater and it's continuing mission of entertaining, educating, celebrating and preserving the Bob Baker puppetry arts!


Photos from our 2016 Halloween Live Read, 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' (courtesy Star Foreman)


Burger records presents: Shannon and the clams!


Date:  Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Time:  8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00 - SOLD OUT!

$5.00 from each ticket sale goes directly towards our new "School House Rocks!" Program!

Shannon and the Clams is an American, Oakland-based, indie garage punk quartet. Known for a vintage sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf, Shannon and the Clams has drawn comparisons to both Buddy Holly and 1960s girl groups.
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"Schoolhouse Rocks!" is a collaboration with Burger Records that supports field trips down to our historic theater. Proceeds from each Burger Records show will help to support a bus full of students to rock and roll their way down to the theater for a special puppet show field trip. 

You come to dance... we bring the puppets... and the kids get a show! 

SUNDAY August 27

A special event with Oh Joy + Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Enjoy cookie decorating with Joy and her friends from Sugarcraft before the show!

Doors open at 9:45am. Cookie Decorating will begin promptly at 10am. Show begins at 10:30am.

 Launched in 2005 as a graphic design studio, the Oh Joy brand now includes various licensed product lines, how-to lifestyle videos, and a daily blog with a focus on design, fashion, food, and joyful moments from everyday life. Founder Joy Cho, has also authored three books and consulted for hundreds of creative businesses around the world. She lives with her two daughters and husband in Los Angeles and is a huge fan of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. 

Sugarcraft makes it easier than ever to decorate from-scratch treats! We'll bake the goods, then bring everything you need—homemade buttercream and royal icing, expertly-sourced sprinkles, handmade toppers, and more—to create truly customized desserts.


Date:  Sat. July 15th, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: $5.00

Join three amazing authors in our enchanting space for STORYTIME!  
Captain Tall Tale - Adventurer, the 8'3" Adventurer, presents high energy fun through dance, storytelling, jump rope and more!  

Featuring your favorite children's authors: 



Featuring your favorite children's authors: 

Sheri Fink
Adam T. Newman
Derek Taylor Kent

Breakfast snacks included!

Dates and Times:  Saturday, August 12th, 2017  • 8:00 p.m.
                              Sunday, August 13th, 2017 • 2:30 p.m.
                              Saturday,August 19th, 2017 • 8:00 p.m. 

                              Sunday, August 20th, 2017 • 2:30 p.m.

Tickets:  $25.00

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is proud to team up once again with Le PeTiT CiRqUe for a one-of-a-kind palooza of puppetry and performance in the second of our bi-monthly residency collaboration with the world-renown all-kid circus troupe! This time with their internatioal troupe! Le PeTiT CiRqUe will join the Bob Baker Marionettes for a Circus unlike any other this side of the Mississippi!

The award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe is one of the most unique, innovative and inspirational shows available in North America. It is the only all-kid humanitarian cirque company in the world, comprised of eye-popping, pro-level children aged 5-16. Together these world class aerial/circus arts child prodigies in dance, music, karate and singing have mesmerized numerous audiences worldwide due to their impressive and empowering message, talent, skill level and young age.

Our special guests will perform alongside our restored and revitalized presentation of Bob Baker's "THE CIRCUS" for a show that will transport you under the big top and into a world of acrobatic insignia, exotic animal performers and sideshow salients brought to life through the story-telling wonderment of puppetry on strings and musical revue!

For more about Le Petit Cirque, visit:

Date:  August 10, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m.

Experience the wonder of puppet making and animation from legendary Disney animator Alex Topete. Build your very own alien sock puppet with Alex and the Bob Baker puppeteers, then learn, play and perform in the historic Bob Baker Marionette Theater guided with animation techniques from Mr. Alex himself!

Suggested ages 8-14.


On Friday, July 21st from 3-7pm the Bob Baker Marionettes will be at theEcho Park Farmers' Market with "Puppets at Play!" This very special program, generously supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Activation Fund, will feature live roadshow presentations throughout the day of Bob Baker's "The Circus" - just as it was staged in the 1950's - including ongoing puppet making activities for kids and adults alike! 

Our marionette Ringmaster is proud to bring you the world's greatest puppet show, unearthed from the Bob Baker archives, featuring a vast array of colorful and wonderful creations not seen for decades! A must-see sawdust spectacular! 

These presentations are free and open to the public, with live performances on the hour at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm. 

Click here for more info about the Bob Baker Marionette Theater's presentation of Bob Baker's "THE CIRCUS"

Click here for more info about Echo Park Farmers' Market

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday
Co-Presented by the cinefaMILY

Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.

They’re quick, they’re clever, they’re masters of disguise and every year public radio program Science Friday dedicates a week to celebrating them. Cephalopod Week, Science Friday’s annual celebration of some of the smartest, most interesting invertebrates on Earth, is back for its fourth year, and Atlas Obscura and Science Friday are teaming up to make it a total cephalo-party!

Join us for an evening of talk, tentacles, and underwater puppets, featuring featuring four original short films from Science Friday at The Bob Baker Marionette Theater. This evening is a chance to rub elbows with SciFri Senior Producer Christopher Intagliata, and get a chance to see two brand-new SciFri short films and two classics from the SciFri vault, all about these amazing, adaptive, and sometimes creepy creatures.

One of the longest-running puppet theaters in the country, The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been delighting, charming, and amazing people of all ages with its nearly 3,000 handmade marionettes for five decades. To celebrate Cephalopod Week, they'll be performing an underwater sequence that has never before been showcased—part of Bob's "Arabian Nights" show that was sadly never finished.

Co-presented by

*Discounted tickets for Cinefamily members will be
available at the door on the day of the event



  • $5 parking in the lot adjacent to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater (cash, exact change only) or free street parking; please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.


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Date:  Saturday, June 10th
Doors:  7:30 p.m.
Show:  8:00 p.m.
Advance Tickets: $20.00  | At Door:  $25.00

say Hooray to LA with comic book crimes they didn’t want you to see

For ONE NIGHT ONLY! NIGHT OF NOIR closes out the last night of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s recently unearthed, historic show “Hooray LA” with a fitting tribute to the City of Angeles.

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. The show features our unique multi-media, old radio show-style performances of VINTAGE COMICS plus projected art, live sound effects, live cabaret music, thrilling acts, and, of course, puppets.

While LA was being immortalized in harsh blacks and whites 70 years ago, crime comics were the dominant genre. Like noir movies, comics were filled with sordid tales of love gone wrong, hearts broken and unhappily ever afters. These aren’t heart-warming tales – these are the bloody comic book crime stories that were burned in the 40’s and banned in the 50’s for being too hard-boiled, too violent and too much!

... the unexpected                 romance...

... the unexpected                 romance...

 ...The mysterious dark-haired                                       beauty....

 ...The mysterious dark-haired                                       beauty....

   ... The troubled man with a                                       vendetta...

   ... The troubled man with a                                       vendetta...

                                          ... The cynical Detective....

                                          ... The cynical Detective....

Plus, we have recently been given permission to premier a comic story by legendary 1950’s comic book publisher EC for this show! They were the gold standard of comics in the Golden Age. Don't miss it!

These vintage tales are brought to life for the 21st Century along with the classic, show-stopping performances by the Bob Baker Marionettes, who have been making LA swoon for over 60 years.

♠ The show is open to all.

♠ Candy and refreshments will be available, even the adult kind.

♠ Part of the proceeds go to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, as it builds plans for its future in Los Angeles.

For more about Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, visit


Burger records presents:
Gabriel Hart, Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles
and Scott Yoder!

Date:  Saturday, May 27th, 2017
Time:  8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00

Burger Records co-presents a night of cosmic-garage-folk with an amazing lineup of frontmen showing us their more sensitive side:

Gabriel Hart of Jail Weddings!

Shana Cleveland (of La Luz) & the Sandcastles!

and Scott Yoder of The Pharmacy, joining us from Seattle in support of his new album, !


$5.00 from each ticket sale goes directly towards our new "School House Rocks!" Program:

"Schoolhouse Rocks!" is a collaboration with Burger Records that supports field trips down to our historic theater. Proceeds from each Burger Records show will help to support a bus full of students to rock and roll their way down to the theater for a special puppet show field trip. 

Our first "Schoolhouse Rocks!" class comes from Millikan Middle School Charter and Performing Arts Magnet, and we are so excited to host them!

You come to dance... we bring the puppets... and the kids get a show! 

Subject: Los Angeles on Shifting Ground, intro by thom andersen!

Date:  Friday, May 26, 2017
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $20.00

The final installment of our four part series, Subject: Los Angeles on Shifting Ground is an evening that looks at L.A. as a site of natural and societal flux. With its earthquakes and mud slides, and its ability to rapidly remake itself, Los Angeles is a forgetful city; perhaps its only constant is its transformative potential.

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, documentation of lost neighborhoods and landmarks, contemporary marketing schemes for "historic downtown," a 16mm presentation of Thom Andersen's GET OUT OF THE CAR (2010), with an introduction from Thom, and a dance and live sound performance that explores community erasure and its impact on the body. Plus much more and of course, puppets!

Co-presented by:

           Free for members!

          Free for members!

Subject: Los Angeles is a collaboration between Kate Wolf and Courtney Stephens of Veggie Cloud, and KJ Relth of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. This series was made possible thanks to the support of Mark Quigley and Todd Wiener of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, Pat Rocco, the Rick Prelinger Archives, the Huell Howser Archive at Chapman University, and Janus Films.

subject: Los Angeles

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Exploring Reflections of the City -
Subject: Los Angeles LOVERS

hosted by angelyne

...including all the glitz that comes with the Los Angeles Icon:

Photo opportunities with
for $20!

Signed photos
for $25!

Unveiling the LIMITED EDITION picture-vinyl pressing of her latest single:
"Kiss Me L.A."
Live listen with record available for purchase: $150
Graciously pressed by ERCA RECORDS

With your audience participation, tell Angelyne why you love Los Angeles
Enter onsite to win a ride with
in her famous pink car!

Date: Friday, May 12th, 2017
Time: 8:00 p. m.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is excited to present Subject: Los Angeles– four nights of L.A. ephemera featuring archival films, guest presenters, music, and puppets that explore hidden threads of L.A. history. 

Legendary LA personality (and unofficial mascot) Angelyne invites all to the third installment, Subject: Los Angeles Lovers, an evening devoted to the highly curious individuals who have surveyed, catalogued, and explored the city in service of making it more intelligible to others.

Focusing on both enthusiastic, visionary visitors and faithful locals with encyclopedic knowledge of architecture and lore, the event will consider different approaches to navigating and sharing the complex geography and culture of Los Angeles. Featuring LA-centric selections from Huell Howser's down-home show California's Gold, the fun-loving postmodernity of Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles, a live bus tour from LA's most erudite tourist outfit, Esotouric, plus much more--and of course, puppets!

Photo: Still from  California's Gold  of host Huell Howser

Photo: Still from California's Gold of host Huell Howser

Subject: Los Angeles was co-curated by Veggie Cloud's Courtney Stephens and Kate Wolf, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive's KJ Relth. Special thanks to the Prelinger Archives, Russell M. Saunders Film Collection, Pat Rocco, and Mark Quigley and Todd Wiener of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Co-Presented by:

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Exploring Reflections of the City -
Subject: Los Angeles in the streets

Date: Friday, April 28th, 2017
Time: 8:00 p. m.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is excited to present Subject: Los Angeles– four nights of L.A. ephemera featuring archival films, guest presenters, music, and puppets that explore hidden threads of L.A. history. April 14th kicks off the first of four programs that surface and interrogate mythologies of Los Angeles, starting with the idea of Los Angeles as Eden.

Please join us April 28th for the second installment, Subject: Los Angeles in the Streets–  a night that will examine varying forms of public assembly and artistic intervention in a city so often associated with private lives and drive-thru culture. With an eye towards the history of political demonstrations, group euphoria, and roadside art, this event will look at Los Angeles as both a backdrop and breeding ground for impassioned and irreverent activism, as well as creative spectacles that go far beyond the tourist trade. Featuring archival documentation and newsreels,radical shorts by L.A.-based filmmakers, protest songs sung by folksinger Emily Lacy, and of course, puppets, the night re-envisions the city as a site of collective possibility.

Save the dates for May 12th and May 26th as we roll out our other exciting evening variety spectaculars.

Photo:  Frame from Homosexuals on the March (Pat Rocco)

Subject: Los Angeles was co-curated by Veggie Cloud's Courtney Stephens and Kate Wolf, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive's KJ Relth. Special thanks to the Prelinger Archives, Russell M. Saunders Film Collection, Pat Rocco, and Mark Quigley and Todd Wiener of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Co-Presented by:

subject: Los Angeles


Exploring Reflections of the City - 
subject: los angeles as eden

Date:  Friday, April 14th, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is excited to present Subject: Los Angeles– four nights of L.A. ephemera featuring archival films, guest presenters, music, and puppets that explore hidden threads of L.A. history. April 14th kicks off the first of four programs that surface and interrogate mythologies of Los Angeles, starting with the idea of Los Angeles as Eden.

Please join us April 28th for the second installment, Los Angeles in the Streets, which will look at the history of political demonstrations, public art, and other kinds of spectacle in L.A. Save the dates for May 12th and May 26th as we roll out our other exciting evening variety spectaculars.

Subject: Los Angeles was co-curated by Veggie Cloud's Courtney Stephens and Kate Wolf, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive's KJ Relth. Special thanks to the Prelinger Archives, Russell M. Saunders Film Collection, and Mark Quigley of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. 


Co-Presented by:

obscura day 2017:
backstage at the bob baker marionette theater

Date: Saturday May 6th, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35.00

One of the longest-running puppet theaters in the country, The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been delighting, charming, and amazing people of all ages with its nearly 3,000 handmade marionettes for five decades. During this exclusive Obscura Day event we'll see Hooray LA—a show that portrays the history of the City Of Angeles through whimsical vignettes—and then go behind the red velvet curtain to explore the magic of marionettes.

Until recently, the future of Bob Baker Marionette Theater was uncertain. Their building was sold to a real estate developer in 2012, with plans for a large apartment building. A recent update reveals that, to our great joy and delight, Bob Baker is in LA to Stay.

For more information about the history of the theater and Bob Baker, check out this fantastic Smithsonian article written by Matt Blitz, Head of the Obscura Society DC.


All ages welcome!

$5 parking in the Bob Baker lot (cash, exact change only) or free street parking, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.

Photography is encouraged! Tag @atlasobscura #bobbakermarionettes


Email Siegfried Tieber at

Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.


ONE NIGHT ONLY!  Co-Presented by Burger Records!  The Memories take over the Bob Baker Theater with their special brand of shoegazy, melodic, garage-pop.  This event will include a live set and puppet show along with a dj and drinks in the party room!

ECSTATIC TRANCE: A Live Cinema Performance of Music Rituals

by Vincent Moon + Priscilla Telmon

Co-Presented by The Cinefamily & Zebulon
with introduction by Steve Holmgren and Franny Alfano

Thursday, March 9th at 7:30pm (doors at 7:15PM)

Vincent Moon reinvented the music video in the mid 2000s by filming dozens of independent musicians in his signature intimate style; including such artists as Beirut, Health, and the Arcade Fire. His “Take Away Shows” lit up the Internet, garnering acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Moon complimented these with bold feature-length films with musicians like R.E.M., Mogwai, and The National. In recent years, Moon has himself undergone a transformation: away from popular and commercial music and towards the sublime.

Under his label Petites Planètes (its title borrowed from the legendary book series edited French cinema giant Chris Marker), Moon’s focus has shifted to ethnographic documentation of sounds and rituals from around the world, with an emphasis on indigenous communities. From Sufi rituals in Chechnya and experimental hip hop in Jakarta to Ethiopian harpists, Moon’s new series has shaken up traditional notions of visual anthropology.

Priscilla Telmon is a French explorer, researching ancient cultures to make films, photographs, books, and articles. Those many adventures around the world, from the Himalayas to the forest of Peru, have pushed her towards the study of the sacred and its spiritual practices. Since 2011, Telmon and Moon have wanted to unite their worlds for a dual creative venture. Their common work moves between the realities of documentary creation, ethno-poetic research, and filmic experimentation.

They have lived for the past couple of years in Brazil, where they are now completing a multi-faceted project called HÍBRIDOS ◊ THE SPIRITS OF BRAZIL. Coinciding with a rare Los Angeles visit, the duo’s presentation will feature the Petites Planètes collection in a special way: via live image manipulation and musical accompaniment.

This cine-performance will highlight some classic material as well as preview Híbridos, sharing moments from some of the roughly 60 films they are completing on various Brazilian regions. In transmitting culture from various shamanistic cults, the evening itself turns in to a ritual all its own.

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F for Un
Presented by Bob Baker Marionette Theater
June 9th, 2018
Reception: 7pm
Performances: 8pm
Tickets $15

We are excited to announce that F will be performing their first live set of 2018 as "F for Un" at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Echo Park Los Angeles on Saturday June 9nd at 7 PM.

The night will open with a performance by Bob Baker's Marionettes followed by F’s improvisational noise performance. This all ages event will feature marionettes, colorful projections, and special surprises. Also at the theater will be a one-night-only exhibition and reception featuring artworks by the members of F inspired by Bob Baker's legacy. If you've never been to the Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater to see the amazing things they do, this is an incredible chance to see this historical Los Angeles landmark!

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.

12" LPs, CDs, and Cassettes are available for purchase at the event. In addition, beer and wine will be available for purchase at the bar.

Marnie Weber’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses performance, film, video, sculpture, collage, music and costuming. Weber’s early years were grounded in performance art, before moving into filmmaking and later large-scale installations, all the while continuing a practice of collage, creating limited edition records as an art form, and performing and recording music.

Doug Harvey is an artist, writer and critic, independent curator, experimental musician, and educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. His activities may be monitored online at and

Daniel Hawkins is a Los Angeles based multi-media artist and experimental musician. Most recently he has built a full-size functioning lighthouse in the Mojave Desert. For more information visit and

Kane Lafia is a musician, multidisciplinary artist, mobile venue operator, and an occasional organizer of happenings based in Los Angeles. He is taking a break from internet presence right now.


"Schoolhouse Rocks!" is a collaboration program through the Bob Baker Marionette Theater that supports field trips down to our historic theater. A portion of proceeds from each ticket will help to support a bus full of students to rock and roll their way down to the theater for a special puppet show field trip.

You come to dance... we bring the puppets... and the kids get a show!

gif art by Lauren Scanlon

gif art by Lauren Scanlon


FIVE PRINTS beautifully crafted by Celebrated Artist Earl NewMan


In partnership with iconic poster artist Earl Newman, we present 5 unique and inspired portraits of Bob Baker and his Marionettes in a limited 50 print run. 

Bob Baker himself with his sugarplum fairy; his signature marionette Bill Robinson; vignettes of his shows; the theater and the captivating life.  

With 2 10x23” and 3 5x23” sizes, the artwork will be unveiled for sale at Bob Baker Day 2018 and at the Theater store thereafter.

Newman, 85, has created hundreds of posters using a silk-screen printing technique.

His work includes theater posters for the Oregon Shakespeare Theater and Oregon State University, and posters for the Abbot Kinney Street Fair in Venice and the Monterey Jazz Festival. That body of work is kept at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


Earl Newman was born in Malden, Massachusetts on March 23, 1930. In
1960, after receiving his master’s degree in art and education from Harvard
and working as a middle school art teacher in upstate New York for several
years, Earl and his wife Jean decided to head west in search of a new life in
sunny California.

Earl and Jean packed up their 3 children and headed west in their 1955
Chevy station wagon. They landed in eclectic Venice Beach, where they
rented a space on the boardwalk and eventually opened an art gallery.
Using equipment that had been left behind by a previous tenant, Earl found
success hand silk screening posters, which for many define an era of
excitement and change in 1960’s Los Angeles.

In 1972, longing for a simpler life, Earl and Jean moved their family to a
charming farm in Summit, Oregon. Earl continues to live and produce his
iconic handmade posters from his studio in Summit, combining his skills and
experience as both a fine and graphic artist in his unique style.

Earl's vast portfolio includes: 50 years of posters for the Monterey Jazz
Festival (which is included in the Smithsonian's permanent collection), 30
years of Oregon Shakespeare Festival posters, 20 years of posters for the
Oregon State University Theatre department and 10 years of producing
prints for the Oregon Coast Aquarium. A look at his website,, will give you a more complete picture of his
extensive body of work.

Earl has maintained a booth at the Oregon Country Fair for 40 years in an
effort to remain accessible to his fans. He makes it a priority to offer his
handmade, quality artwork at affordable prices. He has never allowed his
pieces to be mass produced, remaining true to his artistic integrity to this
day. Earl is truly a one-of-a-kind artisan and humanitarian.