Santikos Entertainment: lineup for the free summer movie series


San Antonio-based Santikos Entertainment is bringing back the free summer film series. San Antonio-based Santikos Entertainment announced it will be bringing back the free summer film series in multiple locations starting June 7 and running through July 27 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, according to a news release from the cinema chain.

The films will be screened on select days at 10 a.m. at the following locations: Palladium, Casa Blanca, Cibolo, Maya, Embassy, Northwest, Galaxy, Westlakes, and New Braunfels. Santikos advised moviegoers to arrive early as tickets would be available at the theater’s box office on the morning of the show. It’s also first come, first served.

On free summer movie day, Santikos will offer the usual drinks and popcorn boxes for just $4.50.

Here’s the lineup for the free summer movie series at Santikos:

Clifford the Big Red Dog: June 7 and 8
Despicable Me: June 14 and 15
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: June 21 and 22
Sing 2: June 28 and 29
The Boss Baby: Family Business: July 5 and 6
Kung Fu Panda: July 12 and 13
Shrek: July 19 and 20
The Croods: July 26 and 27

Santikos Entertainment (formerly Santikos Theatres) is an American movie theater and entertainment center chain based in San Antonio, Texas. The company was founded in 1911 by Greek entrepreneur Louis Santikos and was owned and operated by his son, John L. Santikos, until his death in 2014. In 2015, as part of his estate, Santikos Entertainment was donated to the San Antonio Area Foundation.

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Santikos Entertainment is a for-profit company that exists for the sole purpose of giving back to non-profits in the San Antonio area in the form of donations, sponsorships, grants and programming.

San Antonio-based Santikos Entertainment is renovating and revamping the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes movie theater, which the cinema chain previously owned nearly 40 years ago. The local chain is expanding what used to be a 40,363-square-foot property into a place big enough for an arcade room and bar. With the added areas, the square footage has added an additional 3,904 square feet.

It’s been challenging updating systems installed into a building built back in the 80s, but the company is happy to be back at its old stomping grounds, Rob Lehman, COO for Santikos, tells MySA. The company opened the movie theater near Marbach Road on December 7, 1984. Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse bought the spot in 2004 and became the first location in San Antonio for the chain.

When Alamo Drafthouse ultimately closed its Westlakes establishment in April – one month after the chain filed for bankruptcy, Santikos Entertainment swooped in and acquired its second Alamo Drafthouse location. The first buy was the New Braunfels establishment, which opened in August.

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Santikos bought what used to be comic books store Alien Worlds next door to convert it into a new 12-tap bar with at least seven TVs. Alien Worlds moved a few stores down in the same strip mall as the Westlakes location.

The company used the same method for the arcade space, talking to the landlord of the strip mall to let the company buy a former office space property next to the Westlakes location. Santikos plans to feature 27 to 30 modern games, according to Dan Fonseca, the director of gaming at Santikos.

“We wanted to do it right,” Lehman says. “We are adding to just the standard theater to take it to a different level and make it more family-oriented. It’s coming full circle. It will be better than it ever was.”

The red walls will turn blue, the floors will be carpeted, and the famous Alamo Drafthouse graphics will be gone. Lehman says the theater will also have the updated recliner seats with a cooler for all nine theaters, two of the famous serve-your-own-popcorn stands (available at Mayan, Northwest, Galaxy, and soon to be at Embassy and Cibolo locations), and the express pick-up option.

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