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Jul 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

18th Annual Paper Theatre Festival


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.

Watch this short documentary celebrating paper theatre filmed by UCSD-TV for the Library’s Channel!

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

Event Website

Date and Time

Jul 15, 2019 at 8:00 am


Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Event Registration

Registration is not required for this event.

Event Fee



Scott Paulson    858-822-5758


Faculty, Staff, Students, The General Public

Event Host

UC San Diego Library

Event Category

Festivals and Celebrations