Regal Cinemas Riverfront Twin

155 S. River Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Opened in 1975, the Riverfront Twin 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. Today, it often gets the second-tier movies that Regal does not book in to its nine-screen theatre a few blocks to the West.

Contributed by Edward Havens
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