DNA's Comedy Lab
155 S. River Street,
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Previous Names: UA Cinema I & II, UA Riverfront Twin, Signature Riverfront Twin, Regal Cinemas Riverfront Twin
Opened as the UA I & II on July 10, 1970, this once boasted one of the largest indoor movie theatre screens in Santa Cruz County. The main house, which once sat over 500 patrons, had 70mm capabilities, although it never once played any 70mm films, but still managed to grab more than its fair share of blockbuster movies in the mid-1980’s through early-1990’s, including “Gremlins”, “Aliens”, “The Fly” and “Total Recall”. The second auditorium, which shared a spacious lobby with the main house but used its own side of the snack bar, sat around 250. The projection throw was approximately the same as the main house, but was not quite as wide.
The Riverfront Twin was operated by Signature Theatres after United Artists exited the Santa Cruz market in the late-1990’s. Regal Theatres (who had purchased UATC in the meantime) purchased Signature Theatres in 2004. It often gets the second-tier movies that Regal does not book in to its nine-screen theatre a few blocks to the West. It was closed in early-July 2018. In June 2019 it reopened as DNA’s Comedy Lab. It was closed on March 16, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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