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Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2016: Backstage at Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Join us for "Hooray L.A.!" a marvelous marionette experience that pays homage to the theater's home in Los Angeles. After the show, we'll go behind the red velvet curtain to explore the magic of marionettes.

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 a performance of Hooray L.A. and then go behind the red velvet curtain to explore the magic of marionettes.

HELP SAVE THIS L.A. LANDMARK! The future of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is uncertain. Their building was sold to a real estate developer in 2012 and plans for a large apartment building were recently revealed. Please help save this beloved theater by taking a moment to issue a public comment to the city. For inspiration, read this letter from our friend at Esotouric, Historian Kim Cooper. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will help support the ongoing operations of The Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

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.

Notes for this adventure:

- All ages welcome!

- $3 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 #obscuraday #bobbakermarionettes

Advance tickets only. All sales are final.

Spend the day with us! Browse the LA Schedule to plan your day.

After a full day of exploring, join us for an after-party at Valley Relics w/ DJ Mukta Mohan & Magician Siegfried Tieber! Celebrate adventure with your fellow explorers, surrounded by retro signage and other modern commercial antiquities.