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The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater was established in 1947, located in beautiful historic Balboa Park, San Diego California. The Puppet Theater was originally part of the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. The Exposition was organized to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. The theater still runs weekly live performances for thousands of guests each year.



The Greatest Story

Marie Hitchcock and the Origins of the Theater

June 14-16, 21-23

Dive into the history of Marie Hitchcock and the Puppet Theater that bears her name, one of the oldest puppet theaters in America! Join Marty, as he takes us on a very close up journey to 1947 to witness the beginning of the local legend!

Hand Puppets and Video, Didi Rio

Elijah's Undersea Tails

Saturday and Sunday Only!

June 29-30, July 6-7

6-year old Elijah returns to the Marie Hitchcock Theater to put on another shadow puppet show! This time, he'll share a few fun songs and stories about sea animals. It's up to you to decide which are true and which are fantasy!


Special Show!

 Matt Sandbank's Shadow Factory Presents

A Wild Goose Chase

July 12-14

Poetry springs hilariously to life as soon as Matt Sandbank's shadow puppets hit the screen!   From mischievous spaceships, to rockstar grannies, to dancing pants, a parade of delightfully strange puppets awaits the audience.  Learning about rhythm, rhyme, and imagery--and how they work together to make a poem--has never been such ridiculous fun!  This performance, which runs 45 minutes, is recommended for all ages 3 and above.



 Looking for a Gift of Puppetry? Buy a Gift Ticket! Gift Tickets are for our General Admission or Senior/Military Admission! Ticket is good for our regular shows! Special Events and Adult Events are not included!

$5 General Admission, $4 Senior Military

Gift Certificates are also available at our Box Office!








Want to know the difference between Hand, Marionette, Shadow and Full Body Puppetry?
Want to learn how to write a story?
Want to get away from the crazy world and do something creative?
Bring out the wild and crazy?

Then our workshops are for you!

San Diego’s Balboa Park Puppet Guild
is going to offer beginning workshops in
Puppetry in 2024!
If you are interested, please email us at

for more information!