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Bob Baker Marionette Theater gets boost from 'NCIS: Los Angeles'

Bob Baker Marionette Theater gets boost from 'NCIS: Los Angeles'

When Joe Sachs set out to write episode No. 139 of one of broadcast television's top-rated scripted shows, "NCIS: Los Angeles," he asked himself: How do you merge a story about 21st century technology with marionettes from the 1950s and '60s? The episode will air Monday night, and a good bit of it takes place inside the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the oldest children's theater in Los Angeles and the oldest puppet theater in the United States. "The theater is a giant vintage Christmas present from the 1960s with red velvet from floor to ceiling," says Sachs, who took his kids, 9 and 4, to the theater to see a performance of "The Nutcracker"...

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