Linda Lea Theatre

251 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Mid `50's photo courtesy of Benny Ballejo.

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Closed since the mid-1980s, the former Linda Lea (originally the Arrow Theatre and later the Aztec Theatre) underwent drastic renovation in 2006/2007 when only the outer walls were re-purposed. The rebuild was for ImaginAsian Entertainment, which operates the ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City and a cable television network. The new ImaginAsian Center opened on December 1, 2007 as a showcase for Asian and Asian-American features as well as film festivals and live events. Since 2008, it has been known as the Downtown Independent Theatre, and has its own page here on Cinema Treasures # 22371.

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kencmcintyre on June 23, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Here is part of a December 21, 1956 article in the LA Times:

Another of those Japanese cinematic objets d'art in the superb tradition of “Rashomon” and “Gate of Hell” was previewed Wednesday night at the Linda Lea Theater. Entitled “47 Ronin”, the film-in that prize-winning Eastman color-is based upon Jiro Osaraga’s novel of feudal Japan in the 18th century.

The photography is as delicate as watercolor but there is nothing pastel about the performances. “47 Ronin” will begin its run at the Linda Lea on New Year’s Day.

kencmcintyre on June 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Here is a February 1942 item from the LAT:

Tracy LaValle, statuesque dancer at the Aztec Theater on Main, offers to give free lessons to dancers who aspire to learn the technique of burlesque dancing.

shatter on March 11, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Does anyone recall seeing films here (when it was the Linda Lea, of course)? Any of the projectionists work here?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I don’t see it linked in any comment above, so here’s another photo of the Arrow from the USC Digital Archive. The newest cars on the street appear to be from about 1940. The theater was showing Spanish language movies, and there was a sign reading “Stage Show” above the marquee.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Checking the data page for the photo I just linked to, I see it is dated 1939. As the photo is from the Dick Whittington Studios, which usually kept good records, it’s probably correct.

coweyhere on November 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

A photo from January 2002:

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BradyWestwater on December 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

It was NOT demolished. But it did it undergo a major reconstruction since there was nothing worth saving other the the concrete walls which are original. And it is now the Downtown Independent Theater which has a separate listing on this site that needs to be either combined with – or linked to – this listing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The 1939 Dick Whittington photo of the Arrow Theatre from the USC Archive I linked to previously has gone missing. Let’s see if this link (which USC calls a reference url) will have some staying power.

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