The City Council is scheduled to vote today on whether to declare the Bob Baker Marionette Theater just south of Echo Park a historic cultural monument. Baker’s fans helped nominate the building as part of an effort to rescue the theater from closing. There’s nothing very notable about the architecture of the theater’s cinder-block building that sits near Glendale Boulevard and First StreetSecond Street. What matters is its association with Baker, one of the nation’s most prominent puppeteers who began working with marionettes at age 7. The building contains 3,000 hand-made marionettes and has hosted shows – followed by ice cream – for nearly 50 years, making it perhaps the nation’s longest-running puppet theater.
* Updated at 1:08 pm: Council votes 14-in favor of declaring the Bob Baker Marionette Theater a city cultural historic monument. LA Now
Image of 1960s era “Get Happy” program from Bob Baker landmark application.