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Future of Bob Baker's puppet theater, once an L.A. icon, is uncertain
Future of Bob Baker's puppet theater, once an L.A. icon, is uncertain

The boxy white building with weathered paint in Echo Park offers few clues that colorful, fanciful puppets dance inside. For more than half a century, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has entertained children, as it did on a recent Friday when small boys and girls ignored their parents' smartphones to marvel and giggle as puppets rested on their laps or flew toward their faces. "It's an art," said Molly Damecourt, 37, who came to the theater for the first time with her toddler son, Pruitt, on Halloween morning. "In the age of technology it's nice to have something that is so hands-on." But with the theater's lease ending next March, the...

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