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Linda Lea to Reopen this Summer?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, February 16, 2006, at 11:23AM

Today's LA Times Calendar section runs a piece on the renovation of the Linda Lea Theater on Main Street. It names the Linda Lea's previously unnamed buyer as Cinema Properties Group and claims work could be done by the end of summer.

ImaginAsian Entertainment -- a multimedia entertainment company that promotes Asian Pacific American culture to broader audiences and launched the 24-hour ImaginAsian TV network in Los Angeles in October -- has partnered with Costa Mesa-based developer Cinema Properties Group to launch the estimated $2-million renovation. Renovation of the 1920s property, at 251 S. Main St., is expected to be completed this summer.

Although the design is not complete, the center will include a 300-seat theater with a balcony and the ImaginAsian Cafe. Among the center's offerings will be small karaoke rooms that can accommodate up to 10 people for patrons to use before or after attending a movie or other event.

I would tend to think that summer date is a bit optimistic, but it's not entirely out of the ballpark. The renovation of the Linda Lea, as well as Tom Gilmore's re-opening of the Regent Theater and St. Vibiana's, will provide some much-needed life on Main Street.

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