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Linda Lea revisited

THE OLD THEATER: Against a backdrop of some of downtown L.A.’s tallest buildings, workers dismantle the Linda Lea, once one of the nation’s top exhibitors of Japanese movies. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
MODERN LOOK: The ImaginAsian Center on South Main Street will feature first-run movies from Asian countries. (Hodgetts & Fung)
A LINK TO THE PAST: “We’re trying to preserve as much as we can,” says Sue Ann Kirst, a co-owner of the theater site, with one of the Japanese movie posters found relatively undamaged in the Linda Lea. The new theater is expected to open in the summer. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
1924-2007: The demolition of the Linda Lea, which opened as the Arrow Theater 83 years ago, was completed this week. (