Santikos Theatres

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Santikos Entertainment
Industry Entertainment (movie theaters)
Headquarters San Antonio, Texas
Number of locations
8
Website santikos.com

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

Now, 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 that educate, cure, support and otherwise enhance the lives of the local community.

Current Locations

  • Santikos Entertainment Rialto (formerly Galaxy 14)
    • Features
      • 9 stadium-style seat auditoriums with in-theater dining service
      • Arcade room
      • Full bar
      • Concessions and cafe
  • Santikos Entertainment Palladium
    • Features
      • 18 stadium-style luxury recliner auditoriums with 4 Santikos AVX premium large format auditoriums
      • IMAX auditorium with stadium-style seating
      • Arcade room
      • Full bar
      • Concessions and cafe
      • Two full in-theater dining service and two partial in-theater dining service Santikos AVX auditoriums
  • Santikos Entertainment Mayan Palace
    • Features
      • 10 stadium-style luxury recliner auditoriums with one Santikos AVX premium large format auditorium
      • Two Arcade rooms
      • Frozen cocktail bar
      • Concessions with expanded food options
  • Santikos Entertainment Bijou (formerly Crossroads and Wonderland)
    • Features
      • Only arthouse in San Antonio, showing independent and foreign films
      • 6 stadium-style seat auditoriums with in-theater dining service
      • Beer and wine bar
      • Concessions and cafe
  • Santikos Entertainment Embassy
    • Features
      • 10 stadium-style luxury recliner auditoriums
      • Full craft cocktail bar
      • Concessions with expanded food options
      • Movie memorabilia display
  • Santikos Entertainment Northwest
    • Features
      • 10 stadium-style luxury recliner auditoriums
      • Beer and wine bar
      • Concessions with expanded food options
  • Santikos Entertainment Silverado
    • Features
      • 16 stadium-style seat auditoriums with two Santikos AVX premium large format auditoriums
      • Arcade room
      • Beer and wine bar
      • Concessions and cafe
  • Santikos Entertainment Casa Blanca
    • Features
      • 16 stadium-style luxury recliner auditoriums with 4 Santikos AVX premium large format auditoriums (two are considered the biggest movie screens in Texas)
      • 100% laser projectors
      • Arcade room
      • Full bar
      • Concessions and cafe
      • 16 bowling lanes with lane-side dining service

Upcoming Locations

  • Santikos Entertainment Cibolo (Opening in May 2019)
    • Features
      • 16 stadium-style luxury recliner auditoriums with 2 Santikos AVX premium large format auditoriums
      • 100% laser projectors
      • Arcade and redemption prize rooms
      • Full bar
      • Concessions and cafe
      • 16 bowling lanes with lane-side dining service and 4 Unreal Bowling lanes with interactive projection
      • 100% LED laser tag arena
      • Multiplayer Hologate virtual reality arena

Shootings

2010 shooting

On May 9, 2010, a teenager was shot in the parking lot of Santikos Embassy 14 theaters after having a dispute over a stereo. The victim had planned to meet with the suspect to sell him the stereo, but the suspect robbed and shot him instead. The suspect shot the victim once and then fled without the stereo in a car with two other teens. A vehicle matching the description of the car was located downtown shortly afterwards. The victim required hospitalization with possible life-threatening injuries. The theater was later criticized for its lack of security.[1]

2012 shooting

On December 16, 2012, a shooting occurred inside and outside the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 theater complex. The complex was evacuated and sealed off for several hours. The shooting started when the suspect fired shots inside a nearby restaurant. He then headed toward the theater and shot a male in the lot, before heading inside the theater where he fired a shot but did not hit anyone. An off-duty sheriff's deputy working security then shot the gunman. The suspect also fired at a San Antonio Police Department patrol car. The suspect was taken to a hospital but was not immediately charged.[2] The shooting immediately sparked fears of a mass shooting as the incident appeared to be similar to the 2012 Aurora shooting, however no one was killed and only two people were wounded. The suspect was taken into custody.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Teenager shot outside Embassy theaters". My San Antonio. 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  2. ^ "Shots fired, patrons panic at San Antonio theater". CBS News. 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  3. ^ "Two wounded in theater shooting". My San Antonio. 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2018-02-20.

External links

  • Santikos Website
  • Interview with John Santikos, August 30, 2002, University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Oral History Collections, UA 15.01, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
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