DNA’s Comedy Lab & Experimental Theatre

155 South River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

  • A/V Equipment
  • Bulletin Boards
  • Chalk/Flip/White Boards
  • Easels
  • Internet Access/DSL
  • Lighting Controls
  • Pipe/Drape
  • Big TV
  • Podiums/Lecterns
  • Raised Staging
  • Tables and Chairs
  • Kitchen
  • In-House Catering
  • Group Activities

DNA’s Comedy Lab & Experimental Theatre is an all-ages performance venue on a mission to build community through laughter with daytime, evening, and late-night events.

Retaining its retro cinema charm, the Lab was previously a twin movie theatre, and is now a unique space with three stages, an expansive lobby with a piano, and café tables/seating.

Concessions include organic popcorn, snacks, local beer, cider, soda, & kombucha on tap—plus wine and non-alcoholic beverages. An on-site kitchen offers a café menu that includes vegan options.

Now Showing at DNA’s Comedy Lab:

• Stand-up comedy with national headliners seen on Comedy Central, Conan, Kimmel, Fallon, Colbert, & more—every Friday/Saturday at 7:00PM & 9:30PM.
• Open mic with comics, improv/sketch, magicians, and brave community members on the lobby stage—showtime Wednesdays at 8:30PM (sign-ups at 8:00PM).
• Storytelling for adults with music, games, and soul-searching in the lobby. Storytellers are given a weekly theme around which to find common ground, entertain, and challenge—in a way that only a story can—Thursdays at 7:30PM.
• Magicology is a family-friendly magic/comedy show co-presented by BoardwalkMagic.com. Children attend free with an adult—last Sunday of the month.
• CineLab is a pop-up movie experience with feature films, guest speakers, movie-riffing, giveaways, and costumes—produced around special occasions and holidays.

The Lab is also available to rent for touring performers and campus and community presentations. Some of the Lab’s regular rentals include:

• Bookshop Santa Cruz’s literary events
• Speakers & lectures presented by UC Santa Cruz
• TEDx events
• Open Show Santa Cruz film screenings
• Burlesque dance troupes

The Lab is located in downtown Santa Cruz, adjacent to a 24-hr. parking garage, with nearby shops and restaurants, and is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the nightlife on Pacific Avenue, Ocean St. lodging establishments, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

ROOM NAME Square Ft. Dimensions Theatre Classroom Banquet Reception
The Big Room 3729.00 x 320
Experimental Theatre 2388.00 x 155
Lobby 2013.00 x 50 100
Info Last Updated
  • 01-01-1970

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