Downtown Independent

251 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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dtrigubetz on June 1, 2011 at 3:31 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.

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm

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

kencmcintyre on May 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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

kencmcintyre on April 6, 2009 at 8:59 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 March 18, 2009 at 3:08 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.

DonSolosan on January 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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

kencmcintyre on October 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm

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

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 6:26 pm

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

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 6:23 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm

What’s going up across the street from the new ImagineAsian Center is the Los Angeles Police Department’s motor pool building. It will essentially be just a big garage, but the LAPD grudgingly consented to allowing some retail space on the ground floor along Main Street. The project will contribute few actual users to the street, but plenty of motor traffic. It’s just the latest blob to ooze from the civic center into what used to be downtown, and will probably prove to be one of the more destructive.

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm

I was around there today. A very nice Japanese gentleman, maybe eighty years old, was heading into the theater. We talked about the old Linda Lea, but he wasn’t familiar with it. Incidentally, the Higgins building across the street was being demolished. It will be gone by the end of the week. The entire east side of Main between 2nd and 3rd, except for the two buildings on either corner, is fenced off. Something large may be going up there.

Here are a couple of photos I took today:

reluctantpopstar on December 13, 2007 at 9:06 am

I went to two showings during the “free” week, Dec. 2-6.

The theater was about 2/3 full, though I was one of the few non-Asians in attendance. (The films had English subtitles.) The audience was about 85% Asian. Yes, they do have the usual popcorn and candy for sale. No, they are not selling sushi or bento boxes, though I would enjoy that.

A nice, spanking new, modern, sleek little one-screener. The neighborhood is still a little scary, but much improved over past decades. If you live in L.A., check it out sometime.

br91975 on December 11, 2007 at 5:46 pm

Any word on how this theatre is doing in the early running?