Of monuments and marionettes

What seemed like the imminent closure of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater only a few weeks ago now seems less likely. First, Curbed LA reported last week that the puppet theater, one of the nation’s oldest, just south of Echo Park was no longer for sale and had drawn a substantial amount of donations and other financial support. Now, the boxy, 56-year-old building that houses the theater on First Street has been nominated as a Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument. The nomination application will receive its first review before the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission on Thursday.

The application was completed by Silver Lake resident Lauren Everett, one of the many volunteers who have surfaced to help Baker since his theater’s financial plight and possible foreclosure became known late last year.

Declaring the theater a monument would serve “as one more safeguard against the place being demolished” in case Baker lost the property, said Everett, an administrative assistant. “He doesn’t want it demolished. He wants to keep running it.”

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