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18th Annual Paper Theatre Festival

    THIS EVENT IS IN THE PAST!

  • WHEN Multiple dates from Jul 13 - Jul 15, 2019[days & times]
  • WHERE Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
    Map | Website
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Every year, the UC San Diego Library hosts a Paper Theatre Festival, celebrating an art form with roots in Victorian Era Europe. Paper theatres, also known as toy theatres, were used to promote productions. They were printed on paperboard sheets and sold as kits at the concession stand of an opera house, playhouse, or vaudeville theater. The kits were then assembled at home and plays were performed for family members and guests, sometimes with live musical accompaniment. The theaters gradually declined in popularity during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but have enjoyed a resurgence in interest in recent years among many puppeteers, filmmakers, theater historians, and hobbyists. Presently, there are numerous international paper theater festivals throughout the Americas and Europe, as well as several museums.

Drop in for impromptu performances, build & take home colorful paper optical toys. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional photo of a Victorian-era paper theatre for 18...

Above: Promotional photo of a Victorian-era paper theatre for 18th Annual Paper Theatre Festival. Photo courtesy of Eduardo Contreras/ San Diego Union-Tribune.

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