A puppeteer entertaining kids during the theater’s open house

Echo Park –– The Bob Baker Marionette Theater will hold its final show today at its home of 55 years.

The theater at 1st Street and Glendale Boulevard is leaving to make way for a housing development. However, the puppet theater will continue to stage productions around the city as it prepares a new, permanent home. In fact, on Saturday, the now nonprofit theater company will launch a 5-week-long production of the Bob Baker’s Nutcracker at the Pasadena Playhouse

Tonight’s final performances in the Echo Park theater will be preceded by an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Update: We added some photos from the busy open house that was crowded with kids and parents, some of whom attended shows when they were children.

A developer plans to build a residential projects with 104 units on the site of theater’s cinderblock building at Glendale Boulevard and 1st Street. There had been plans and talk about resuming some type of performances at the site in addition to opening a small museum and workshops once  construction was completed. But now the theater company intends to find a new location as they stage productions around the city.

Theater founder Bob Baker died in 2014 at age 90.

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