Downtown Independent

251 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Downtown Independent

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Built on the site of the former Linda Lea Theatre, and utilising a couple of the original theatre’s walls, the new ImaginAsian Center opened on 1st December 2007. The center is a sister venue to the ImaginAsian Center on East 59th Street in Manhattan (NYC).

In late-2008, it was sold and was re-named Downtown Independent.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm

I’ll bet the tenants of the Higgins loft building at 2nd and Main are thrilled with that prospect.

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I took this photo in January 2007. Interesting “then and now” comparison with the new theater:

kencmcintyre on October 20, 2008 at 11:40 am

I never saw people lining up to get in. Perhaps it was a good idea that didn’t pan out.

DonSolosan on January 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm

This is no longer the ImaginAsian Center, but the “Downtown Independent.” Some sparse info at:

kencmcintyre on March 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I haven’t seen this theater since it was sold. I think the signage is the same as the Imaginasian, though. I will take a look next Monday when I am downtown.

kencmcintyre on April 6, 2009 at 5:59 pm

They are showing “Baby on Board”, which is first run, although it’s such a bad movie maybe they didn’t mind booking it here. I took a couple of photos today.

kencmcintyre on May 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

All of the signage has been removed, along with the coming attractions posters. It looked empty.

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2009 at 10:44 am

There is an Iranian film playing there today, per the LA Times. Still going.

dtrigubetz on June 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

A good crowd attended the May 30 premier of an independent pic filmed in Chicago and two shorts. Admission is $10, but if you ask for the “Local” rate you only pay $5. Rates are not posted. Beer and wine are available to take into the theater and the Los Angeles Film Festival will have a number of screenings here.

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