Paramount Theatre in Oakland is one of the best, if not the best, Art Deco theatre I have ever been to. It was designed by Timothy Pflueger from the architectural firm J R Miller & T L Pflueger and opened on 16 December 1931 with the film The False Madonna.
Theodore Bernardi, a designer working for Miller & Pflueger, was made responsible for the overall decoration of the theatre and a number of artists were brought on to work on different aspects of the theatre.
Each puppeteer controls a variety of animals and people is various activities.
Paramount Theatre website
Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger, Therese Poletti