The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has entertained Los Angeles audiences for half a century, bringing to life intricately designed wooden marionettes with the tug of a string. But now, with the theater in poor financial straits two years after master puppeteer Bob Baker's death, the famed theater could soon be converted into a lobby for a seven-story apartment building.
We sent LA-based photographer the1point8 to capture the puppeteering magic at a recent performance, knowing it could be among the last. His photographs show the art of puppetry through the eyes of the many children in the audience, who sit cross-legged on the theater's floor in awe and wonder. Below are scenes from Sketchbook Revue, a revival of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater's first-ever production in 1963, as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses of Los Angeles's most beloved puppet theater.
Read our feature story on the fate of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater here and see more of the1point8's photography on his website and Instagram.