Baku Puppet Theatre

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Baku Puppet Theatre
"Phenomenon", "Satyragite"
Puppet Theatre, Baku, 2010.jpg
AddressNeftchilar Avenue, 36
Public transitM 1 Sahil metro station
TypePuppet theatre
Capacity210 seats
Years activeSince 1931
ArchitectJózef Płoszko

Coordinates: 40°22′2.04″N 49°50′21.17″E / 40.3672333°N 49.8392139°E / 40.3672333; 49.8392139 The Baku Puppet Theatre (formally Azerbaijan State Puppet Theatre named after Abdulla Shaig , Azerbaijani: Abdulla Şaiq adına Azərbaycan Dövlət Kukla Teatrı) is located on Neftchiler Avenue of Baku. It was built in 1910 by Polish architect Józef Plośko, initially as the French Renaissance "Phenomenon" movie theater.[1]

The puppets vary in size from a few centimetres to double the size of a human.[2]


The theatre building was erected at the Baku Boulevard when there was no greenery yet. The exhaust ventilation system was superseded by forced ventilation. When the movie theater was opened to the public in June 1910, its administration advertised the features of full air change, occurring every 15 minutes and special ozonator.[1]

Auditorium hall of the movie theater was 24 m. in length, 11 m. in width, 10 m. in height. 400 seats were available in parterre. Additionally there were 7 loges, and in upper section 3 verandas.[3]


History of the building[edit]

The first owner of “Phenomenon” cinema was M.Gofman. It was planning to rent the cinema hall for spectacles. Entrepreneurs were arranging a permission from city authorities to enlarge the building in the future. As a result, the architectural appearance of the building was completed by the monuments of 4 ancient mythological figures – Mercury, Bacchus, Poseidon and Aphrodite.[3]

In 1921, according to project of Azerbaijani architect Zivar bey Ahmadbeyov the building was cardinally rebuilt for theatre "Satyragite".[4]

“Phenomenon” operated as cinema, casino, Satyrogite theatre, Musical Comedy Theater and Museum of Agricultural Achievements till 1931.[5]

History of Puppet Theatre[edit]

The idea to establish Puppet Theatre in state level was introduced by the organizer of Theater Museum, actor Molla Agha Babirli. On the initiative of theater activists led by Jafar Jabbarly, Puppet Theatre was founded in 1931 by the decision of Education Commission.[3] The first spectacle of the Theatre was “Circus” played in 1932.[5]

Puppet Theatre operated independently in 1931-1941, and in 1946-1950, under Azerbaijan State Theatre of Young Spectators in 1941-1946 and Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall in 1950. In 1964 “State” status was given to the theatre.[5]

Since 1975 plays for adult audience have been performing as well.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b (Russian)Ш.С. Фатуллаев. Градостроительство и архитектура Азербайджана XIX-начала XX века, Ленинград, 1986, с. 229
  2. ^ "Puppet Theatre". City Archived from the original on 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  3. ^ a b c "History". Seaside Boulevard Office. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  4. ^ Фатуллаев, с. 231
  5. ^ a b c d "About Theatre-History". Azerbaijan State Puppet Theatre named after A.Shaig. Archived from the original on 2017-11-01. Retrieved 10 May 2017.

External links[edit]

Azerbaijan State Puppet Theatre (official website)