About

The movie theater that sits at 251 S. Main Street is one of Los Angeles’ greatest treasures. Housing film festivals, non-profit events and performance artists alike, the Downtown Independent has a long history as a community cinema. We are proud to continue this long-held tradition, prioritizing the concepts of a strong cinema community and film fun.

This venue elevates the work of women, queer/trans/non-binary communities, sex-positive people, communities of color, international filmmakers and independent thinkers.

The Myanmar Film festival established the Downtown Independent as its home from the very first festival onwards. We have screened materials from the ONE Archive, been the location of several Outfest Screenings, and worked with Dirty Looks. We annually welcome the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) and have worked with the Stereo Club of Southern California, 3D-Space, #BlackLivesMatter, Women In Film, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (we are an AMPAS qualifier), UCLA Film and TV Archive, ARRAY, KPFK, and KCRW.

We are available for private rentals and DCP mastering, and the Downtown Independent has been featured in independent films, shorts and media work. Much of the well-lauded 2019 documentary Horror Noire, directed by Xavier Neal-Burgin and starring such luminaries as Jordan Peele and Tony Todd was shot right here in our theater space..

The Downtown Independent plays all kinds of movies. Expect anything from feminist punk rock documentaries and Art House films to World Cinema and Indie Horror. We believe in seeing movies the way they were made to be seen: on a big screen.

Check out the Downtown Independentmonthly calendar ! Don’t miss the cool events and screenings we are currently hosting and playing here! Buy tickets in advance and add yourself to our mailing list. We’ll make sure to keep you updated on all our latest events!

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