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Linda Scheimann-Bobst

25 August 2019

Lasted for 45 minutes. The young kids had a mat they could sit on in front. A small theater and a nice gift shop. Everyone there quite knowledgeable.

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Tim Mackenzie

22 August 2019

Fun place to visit, out kids lovesld it!

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David Brewer

1 August 2019

Really funny shows and cool shop.

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Cindy Honea

29 July 2019

Great for little kiddos to watch puppet theater. For about 3/4th grade and younger.

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Marianne Blanchard

29 July 2019

Fun for toddlers and young children. Interactive

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Nick Boor

29 July 2019

Took my 3 year old daughter to See Jack and The Beanstalk. It is a very family oriented environment. She loved the show. She thought the Giant was hilarious! More...

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Stephanie Ingersoll

29 July 2019

Wonderful venue for a child's birthday party. My son's birthday is in July which means no outdoor parties, so when I found the puppet theater I was sold. The party room is spacious and the kiddos get to make as many paper bag puppets as they want which means no goodie bags necessary!! You can also bring in your own food, drink, and cake. Love, love, love this place. Thank you, Great Arizona Puppet Theater, for making my son's 4th birthday so great! More...

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Ben Silva

19 May 2019

These guys do a great job with organizing and presenting the shows. My daughter and I have caught almost every show in the last year, and she has fun each time. The special events are also tons of fun for the kids. After the show, she'll spend a little time making a puppet at their craft table before we'll go across the street to the friendship garden to feed the fish and then finish up at the park next door. Being near downtown, there are also a lot of great restaurants and cool shops nearby to check out. It makes for a very fun Saturday afternoon. More...

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Leon Brown

5 May 2019

I have never been to a puppet show. This was an excellent experience and the show (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) was very entertaining. Highly recommend it for all ages.

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Patrick Rusche

26 April 2019

A wonderful unique experience every single time you go!

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Erika Hernandez

26 April 2019

It was a great experience! Everyone was friendly and put on a great show!

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29 March 2019

If you have very little ones, this place is perfect. There is a section for kids to make their own little puppets, a tiny museum esque section, and carpets for the kids to hang out on during the show. The shows start with sing alongside and play and they ask for engagement throughout the show (call and answer stuff) to keep focus.the kids also get to meet (gently) the puppets at the end. Very cute More...

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Meghan White

27 March 2019

If you have very little ones, this place is perfect. There is a section for kids to make their own little puppets, a tiny museum esque section, and carpets for the kids to hang out on during the show. The shows start with sing alongside and play and they ask for engagement throughout the show (call and answer stuff) to keep focus.the kids also get to meet (gently) the puppets at the end. Very cute More...

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Maggie Momeyer

27 March 2019

We go to the Adult Puppet Slam the first Friday and Saturday of the month. It is hysterical and entertaining. I suggest this for a fun, adult night out.

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Jason Solomon

28 February 2019

Great place to take the kids

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Nakhonethong Rasavongseuk

25 February 2019

Very nice venue for events that. Want yo capture your young child's imagination.. great for little to let ones creativity yo be encouraged to develop

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Melanie

25 February 2019

Today we attended the theater on a field trip. At first I thought I wasn't going to like the show. It was pretty slow going at first I thought (almost like a low budget show) but ended up being pretty cute. The kids really enjoyed it. We broke off into 3 groups for the tour and I kinda felt rushed through everything. I myself after having been there probably wouldn't go again since it's such a small venue. Unless they were advertising a specific new show. It's nice to experience at least once though. I also enjoyed the woman who did the introduction on the little piano to get the kids ready for the puppet show. I gave 4 stars instead of 3 because the artistry & talent of the puppeteer was REALLY fascinating to see. The puppeteer we had today was from Poland & has been doing it for a few decades I think. The puppets were really cool too (very detailed) and he made all of them!!! Very interesting! More...

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John Agria

29 January 2019

Wonderful treasure for young and old.

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Layal Rabat

29 January 2019

Beautiful space, awesome shows. You can tell that performers truly have their hearts in it.

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Michael Torres

29 January 2019

Had a very good time, granddaughter loved it!!!

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Tina Stacy

29 December 2018

Good for young children

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Felipa Miles

29 December 2018

I loved it I went on a field trip with my daughter and her class, they have lots to look at like puppets on display cases.

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charles banaszewski

27 December 2018

Great venue. Great artists. Great people. Great shows. Been bringing my kids for about 4 years. They love it. Also, they are learning to think creatively, how to be a good audience members and appreciators of the arts.

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Gordon Jesse

29 November 2018

I think puppetry helps children use their imaginations and share in the creativity of live performance. GAPT is starting their 35th year as a provider of great family entertainment. They are a community treasure.

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Avis Halloe-Namorra

29 November 2018

Was cute and hilarious, very down to earth show/low budget but great actors and very entertaining.

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Mandy Cross

29 October 2018

Adult puppet slams are where it's at

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L Groth

29 October 2018

I went here with my kids on a field trip, and despite one nightmare had about puppets from one of those kids, they all loved it. I would suggest instead of attempting to get the wiggles out before the show, that they start having a wiggles intermission. The show is only about an hr long, but everyone was getting restless and antsy at about the 35 min mark. More...

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Adrian N

29 September 2018

Nice place to take the kids and enjoy the puppets show

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Roy lopez

29 September 2018

Great my 3 year old love it, funny something different and was great to see they restore a old church

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John Tibbetts

29 September 2018

Kind of kool

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Hansen Family

29 August 2018

i'm sad to read reviews of such low ratings. i saw nothing wrong with the building, the set up, the employees, the actors... it was all done nicely and with much talent. we enjoyed going and seeing a puppet show. it's not something everyone has access to, so to me, it's a treat. my children loved it. we saw the princess, the unicorn and the smelly foot troll. it was a hoot! gwen was awesome! so talented! there was a lot of interaction and i even liked the "get your wiggles out!" they know kids, they wiggle and that made it fun and set the tone for them. not a bad review from me! More...

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Kirstin Taylor

29 August 2018

So. Fun

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Mia Olibarria

29 August 2018

Great shows, staff is welcoming and friendly! They truly want you to have a good time.

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Colleen Helman

29 August 2018

The puppet shows are entertaining for children and are an appropriate length! They also have learning guides of fun follow-up activities for each show that can be found on their website.

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Lex is

29 August 2018

Puppets! If you're young at heart or have young hearts (kids), you belong here. I've seen at least 20 shows here with my daughter, (she's 3), the wife as well, and we love it here. Some classic stories and new ones are shown here but always fun to watch. Suggest getting to the place early, sometimes a 100 + school kids show up and could be tough to get some front seats. Most shows can be seen from any seat though. All kids usually seat on the ground anyway. They have a membership, and gift shop, but free bag puppets the kids can make and take. Never a bad idea to catch a show. More...

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Rick Hamrick

29 August 2018

Definitely a fun show for our daughter we saw a monkey and a pirate

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Nicholas Zamora

29 August 2018

The shows are exciting and interactive. All the staff are very welcoming. It's a wonderful experience for your children.

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Deborah Murillo

29 August 2018

Always a good time!

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Makyrah Aliyah

29 August 2018

Went with 1st graders. They loved it.

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Yolanda Dutton

29 August 2018

Fun, friendly for tiny tots. My grand babies are 2 and 4 and enjoy every minute..I highly recommend it.

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Krystal Rooker

29 August 2018

Been here for two field trips. Love it! Wish the show was a little longer and maybe two shows.

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Vicki Bozarth

29 August 2018

Wonderful entertainment

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Tony Nguyen

29 August 2018

Kids love this place

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Connie Tank

29 August 2018

This is such a great place. They have a wonderful learning activity for children. But they also offer an "adults only" entertainment event almost every month that is a real crazy funny show.

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magicalmoonshine

29 August 2018

Beautiful facility, great staff, wonderful shows. Phoenix is lucky to have this exceptional art and puppetry resource. Easy to get there and park (free) as well. And the prices are a bargain!

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Gene Dyke

29 August 2018

GREAT place for kids and adults!

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Adrianna Estrada

29 August 2018

Amazing staff, very passionate about what they do.

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Ace Bandito

29 August 2018

Adult puppet slams are awesome.

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Nikki Pope

29 August 2018

Kids (1yr & 5yrs) LOVED it! Such a cool thing to do on a day, or morning off. The fun continues when kids can make their own puppet after the show. Get away from the TV screens, and give the kiddos some real-life entertainment. ❤ More...

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Whitni Baker

29 August 2018

Very fun!

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Jim Speer

29 August 2018

The adult puppet shows are amazing

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Jo Arazi

29 August 2018

Wonderful gift shop! Beautiful show!

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Michael Blevins

29 August 2018

When you walk into the main lobby, they show hand crafted puppets that brings me back to my childhood memories. They perform shows that are very interesting and also offer tours for behind the scenes.

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William Blackwater

29 August 2018

Fun thing to do with the family, they even have adult humor shows. The staff is very friendly, helpful and funny.

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James Morrison

29 August 2018

Fun place and great puppets. A lot to see and definitely something different to do than the normal. Great shows and worth visiting in az for sure

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Joey Ponte

29 August 2018

Amazingly cute little place the show ran 30 mins which was perfect as the last five mins kids got antsy. Will attend again only thing, be aware the bathrooms are quiet a distance from theater and up or down stairs.. I didn't see a handicap accessible option. More...

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Corina marie Ortiz

29 August 2018

Love it here! Great show and my daughter enjoyed herself!

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Adam B.

29 August 2018

That adult puppet slam is a great way to spend a Saturday night. If you have kids they do great kid shows during the week.

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Jason K

29 August 2018

Great visit!

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Eldin Fazlic

12 August 2018

Awesome performance. Loved it all. I can't believe I have been missing out on this gem.

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Paula Yeary

12 August 2018

I love this place! Always lots of fun, and love the puppets they sell too.

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Sabrina Leilani Frederick

12 August 2018

So cute. The kids loved it and the history about the place was great to learn about. Refreshing to experience authentic entertainment

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Gloria Casey

12 August 2018

It's awesome great cheap entertainment for small kids my grandkids are 5 4 and 2 and they liked it

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Susan Elizabeth Fonseca

12 August 2018

This was an amazing experience for me and my three year old. Great staff and great show!

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Amy Brown

12 August 2018

My 4 1/2-year-old son and I just saw our first show there today. We are already making plans to go back. We loved it and have recommended it to all our local friends and family. What a gem!

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Jessica Kooiman

12 August 2018

My daughter is now 13 and she grew up spending many Saturday's here enjoying puppet shows. I highly recommend taking your kiddos! Great cultural experience and you can't find anything like it anywhere else. She and I both have many fond memories at this theater ❤️ More...

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Clara Walsh

12 August 2018

It's like you're a little child again! The atmosphere not sophisticated complicated, you just want to sing your best, laugh your best!
Thank you to my grandchildren I'm reliving my childhood and they are the best friends I ever wanted! AsQuali ❤️ Sooh
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Chuck Bana

12 August 2018

Its top notch puppetry and entertainment. My kids love the shows and all the different kinds of styles used by the company. Great place to teach the kids how to appreciate art as well as become a good audience member. Support the arts and support local. More...

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Brian Paulson

12 August 2018

Our family had a lot of fun, and we appreciate the puppeteers taking the time to show our girls some of the puppets from the show. We will definitely be back again.

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Keith Shubert

12 August 2018

A great place to see some quality puppet shows in Phoenix! They have a huge variety of family shows and a monthly "adults only" cabaret! Beautiful renovated old southwest church with a wonderful gallery, shop, free puppet making, and awesome theater! I would recommend it to anyone who likes fun! More...

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Tommy Cannon

12 August 2018

This theatre is super boss! Go there for any show they put on whether it be for the kids or for the grown ups. It will be a memorable experience.

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Lorraine Perez

12 August 2018

Today's show, The Little Red Hen, was such a treat to see!!! Super great performance!!! I can't wait to come back for The Elves and the Shoemaker show! Thank you for putting on such a high quality, fun, interactive, and educational puppet show for all to enjoy!!! My Granddaughter has been performing the show for us at home with the adorable little puppets you had for sale in the gift shop!! Keep up the great work over there!!!! � More...

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Eyondra Relerford Watson

12 August 2018

A very great place to take kids and show them how puppets work and how they're made, but one of the best parts was the kids getting to make their own bag puppet.

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Allex Illion

12 August 2018

It's our favorite place to go! We've been coming for quite some time now and I don't believe they could ever put on a bad show. It's in the most perfect building, with windows high up that let all the light in to shine on the puppet displays in the lobby. You walk through two of the biggest round doors you will see to an intimate theater stage. The type of shows and puppets always vary, and guests performances are always a treat! I've also gone to all the adult slams they do and have the heartiest laughs every time! I'm very fond of the staff and they've grown on me just as the theater has! The prices are more than reasonable for all their hard work. Just pick one show you think you might like and give it a chance! Maybe it's not for you, but I'm willing to bet that it is! More...

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Teri Rios-Burris

12 August 2018

Took our 4year old granddaughter there - she had a great time! The show was not to short and not too long (for her age group). The puppet master kept the audience (kids) engaged and then after the show let them come up and see the puppets up close and take pictures. Fun activity to do during the scorching hot summers in AZ! More...

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Karenlee Thorpe

12 August 2018

The show kept my 3 year old granddaughter engaged and focused. It was fun for the whole family and an excellent activity for family enjoyment. The narrator did a wonderful job with energy and fun inflection of voice to keep all involved. I would recommend the Great Arizona Puppet Theater for fun entertainment for the whole family from toddlers to grandparents! More...

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Megs Connor

12 August 2018

Loved it!! Took the 4 yr old to see Cinderella! They put out awesome deals through Groupon!! High recommend it. Walking around the puppets afterwards and meeting the puppeteers was a great experience too!

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Sally Harloff

12 August 2018

This is not just for children. My husband I discovered this venue after I picked up a "What's Happening" a guide to downtown Phoenix after we took in a Herberger Lunch Time Theater production. We so enjoyed the puppet show and it did draw in the audience of children and adults with laughter and cheering. After the performance we visited with the puppeteer and the puppets and took some pictures. The puppet displayed in the gift show were very interesting and delightful. There is also some wonderful, delightful, fun and educational selections in the gift shop and reasonably priced. The building is an old church and that in itself is a sight. Check their web site for performance information. More...

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BEAULONEA

29 August 2017

Loved it!

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Nick C

29 August 2017

Very pleasant experience. The staff if very informative and passionate about their shows.

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Andrea Martin

29 August 2017

Cute place, the architecture is beautiful and if you would like to buy a puppet they have them they're inside their gift shop the staff is willing to ask questions

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Takeya Mills

29 August 2017

Nice show for children. They even make puppets with the children after the show. My kids really enjoyed the show. They are 2, 3, and 4 years old.

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Wonderfully Wicked Wonders

29 August 2017

Wonderful people and a wonderful place!

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Kaitlin Meilert

29 August 2017

This place is awesome! If you're looking for something new and unique to do with your family and friends or even on date night, go to a puppet show! Seriously, it's so much fun. Most of the shows are for kids and adults, but they also do Adult Puppet Slams (hello, date night!) where you can enjoy more adult-themed shows and an alcoholic beverage. It's centrally located (it's across the street from the Japanese Friendship Garden) had a parking lot. More...

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Lauren Barnum

29 August 2017

It was fun for my kids. I have small children, and we went during a time with guest puppeteers. It was interesting for me to learn new things, but it was kinda long for my kids. So I am not sure how it usually goes for their normal shows. I would be willing to try it again if there is another deal. More...

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Milos Vasiljevic

29 August 2017

Celebrated our daughter's 3rd birthday here and had a great time

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tj gi

29 August 2017

Most underrated entertainment in all of Phoenix. Puppets are NOT just for kids! There is no stage show better in this town than their Puppet Slams.

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Jo Anna Larson

29 August 2017

Cool puppets on display and a wide variety of shows for all ages.

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Vida Mcatee

29 August 2017

Please bring back Keith Shubert and TOYBOX!!!!!! We will always attend his performance!My husband and I were at the show last night and loved it! TOYBOX was amazing! KEITH SHUBERT is a star!!!Love the old church building as well! More...

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Jim Hayes

8 January 2017

Great space, loved the show, the vib and the collection of puppets.

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katie cueto

29 August 2016

Love it

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john florez

29 August 2016

Fun, quaint little place in and old church building. The puppet show was fun. The kids really enjoyed it. Good experience

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Seth B

29 August 2015

I worked on remodeling the building. Even if you hate puppet shows, it is worth seeing the building. You have to know what to look for, but this was built before electrical power was available, so no air conditioning! A heat tower's convective action drew in fresh air from under the building, to help cool it. A coal furnace heated it and that same convective action drew the heat into the building from an old coal furnace. When I showed up to work on it, the old 1920s wiring was still there. I was happy to work on such a project. I'd rather build a park than a prison any day! Theaters of any kind are an absolute joy, despite the headaches involved. Other buildings I have worked on are The Orpheum & The Hergerger Theaters. This puppet theater is special to me. It is old, and way cool. Going to see what became of it, even more special. Most of the work was done by volunteers, or companies paid employees to work on it and gave the labor away free, as a gift to the city. Some of the shows are good, some awful, but choose you show wisely and while you are there, take a look around the grounds, and see if you can spot that old heat tower, and imagine yourself in Phoenix, before air conditioning. They should frame the original plans too, as they were so artfully done. BY THE WAYIT HAS AC NOW SO NO WORRIES, (unless the power goes out). Cheers! More...

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Molly Garrett

29 August 2015

I love taking the kids here! We've been to see several of the shows and are never disappointed. Beautiful building, friendly staff and very reasonably priced family entertainment.

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