Four months after departing its longtime home on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles, the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theatre has announced plans to reopen in Highland Park.  

The new location, the Art Deco York Theater 4949 York Boulevard, made its debut in the 1920s during the silent film era.  It most recently housed a Korean church

The Eastsider reports that the Bob Baker Theatre has signed a 10-year lease for the approximately 10,000-square-foot space, which is being designed by Escher GuneWardena Architecture and TheatreDNA.

In announcing its new location, the Theatre has also revealed that is has become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, allowing it to solicit donations to support its mission.  Click here to do so.

A grand opening is expected in Fall 2019.

In its search for a new location, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater was represented by Brittany Corlyn and David Passman of The Passman Group. Pro bono legal counsel was provided by Scott Moore and Crowell & Moring LLP.

The original Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, located at 1335 W. 1st Street in the Westlake district, was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2009.  Though its namesake tenant has moved on, the building itself is slated to be preserved and incorporated into the design of a new apartment complex.