A Night Out at the Downtown Independent
The Downtown Independent is located conviently in Downtown L.A.
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Do you love watching indie movies? Drinking good beers? Laughing your butt off? If you said "yes" to all three, then the Downtown Independent is the place for you.

Located just a few blocks away from Pershing Square and the Civic Center in Little Tokyo, there are many things to do before or after you catch a flick at this unique theater.

The Downtown Independent is a hipster-like indie movie house with a single screen that runs a variety of films almost every week, including indies, comedies, dramas and more!

The ticket prices range from $10 to $20, depending on the films and events, and you can buy them online. Some special screenings have meet-and-greets with the actors and directors. Most of the films are not well known; however, you may find familiar faces in some of the films. For example, Tom Hiddleston ("Loki" in The Avengers and Thor) stars in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. It is expected to broadcast live from London on Jan. 30, 2014.

Every Tuesday, this little venue hosts free comedy shows from 9 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. The line-ups vary, but the comedians never fail to make you laugh.

Whether you’re watching a movie screening or attending a live comedy show, the concession serves popcorn, wine and beer -- yes, wine and beer! If you’re lucky, some nights the beers are free (its selection of craft beers is delicious!).

Parking around the theater is convenient, too; rates range from only $5 to $9, which is nothing in the Downtown L.A. area.

After or before attending a screening or comedy, make sure you check out these hot eating spots that are in walking distance:

-For quick and tasty coffee, the Groundwork Coffee Company is the place to go. Since it is only open until 5 p.m., we recommend you go before you see an evening film.

-Pitfire Pizza will satisfy your Italian food craving. Just keep in mind it is find-your-own-table service.

-Belgian beers and Indian food are possible at Badmaash, an Indian gastropub. Bonus point goes for its late hours (closes at 11 p.m. or 12 a.m.).

If you’re feeling a bit more fancy, dress right and head to the Edison. With steampunk-themed interior, fairies bringing absinthe shots in little vials, burlesque shows and live bands, this lounge provides a nice ending to your night. Ask for the venue's signature cocktails, or try the grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup on a cold night.

Downtown Independent
251 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

downtownindependent.com