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City Beat: At Bob Baker's puppet theater, Halloween without fear

October 31, 2012 |  9:51 am

Photo: Adrian Rose, left, controls her marionette during a performance of Halloween Hoop-de-Doo at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

For 53 years, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been entertaining Los Angeles families. These days, people who came to see the puppets as children now bring their children and even their grandchildren.

What they find is a place very much as they remembered it, friendly and cozy and fear-free, even on Halloween.

This morning, the theater is performing its annual Halloween Hoop-de-Doo, which features chills and thrills just enough to make a toddler squirm.

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The theater has been living on the edge for years now, mortgaged to the hilt and behind on its taxes. Bob Baker, 88, isn't sure how long the situation can continue. For those who haven't been, he says, "You better hurry up."

The theater is the subject of my latest City Beat. Read the story here.

Here's what I sent out on Twitter from the scene: 

 

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City Beat: At Bob Baker's puppet theater, Halloween without fear

-- Nita Lelyveld

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Photo: Adrian Rose, left, controls her marionette during a performance of Halloween Hoop-de-Doo at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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