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Santikos to debut new cinema in Leon Springs

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A Santikos Enterprises cinema opening in Leon Springs is joining a growing list of multiscreen theaters along the bustling Interstate 10 corridor.

Partnering with Weitzman, a commercial real estate firm, Santikos will debut its 10th theater in a shopping center under construction at Boerne Stage Road and I-10 West.

“We are thrilled to make this announcement of expansion in our community,” Tim Handren, CEO of Santikos Enterprises, said in a release.

Handren is also mayor of nearby Boerne.

Officials said the company is returning to the heyday of late owner John L. Santikos, who opened a new cinema every 12 to 18 months.

He expanded the business after his father, Greek immigrant Louis Santikos, purchased the Rialto Theatre on Houston Street in 1918.

“Our goal is to bring a world-class customer service to a location near everybody,” said Andrew Brooks, Santikos executive director of marketing and sales.

Building additional movie houses enables the corporation to give back to the community through its relationship with the San Antonio Area Foundation, which contributes grants, scholarships, gifts and other support to local causes.

In 2017, three years after John Santikos’ death at age 87, the business assets of Santikos Enterprises — Santikos Theatres and Santikos Real Estate — were transferred to the foundation, which is carrying out “his charitable giving wishes in concert with more than 500 funds already under management at the organization,” according to its website.

“Funding (is) made to nonprofits exclusively from annual variable dividends generated from his movie theaters,” the website said. The “cutting-edge” theater in Leon Springs will anchor the 150,000-square-foot Boerne Stage Crossing shopping center.

“We’re just excited to get it under construction and that way we can service that community out there,” Brooks said. “With the growth that is happening in that area and out (toward) Boerne, it just makes sense to give them another option.”

A completion date for the project was not available at press time.

Debi Burrows, a board member with the Leon Springs Business Association, believes the multiplex is a great idea.

“I thought it was about time we got some larger businesses in Leon Springs and I think the movie theater could bring some new jobs and new businesses to us,” said Burrows, who owns Penguin Suits, a Boerne marketing firm.

For now, the only area movie theater is the Palladium 19 IMAX at The Rim, opened by Santikos in 2006. About six miles from there will be the chain’s latest with 10 to 12 screens, an arcade and bar.

“It comes down to the world-class service and none of our competitors can match us.  … We’re pretty proud of that,” Brooks said.

Alamo Drafthouse is also opening at the northwest corner of La Cantera Parkway and Loop 1604 West, near the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The 38,370-square-foot structure is expected to launch later this year with 11 screens, 901 luxury recliners and a full-service bar with 48 beers on tap.

“Drafthouse is different than other theaters because we’re a company made by movie lovers for movie lovers,” said Bridget Garray, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema creative manager. “We offer drinks and food straight to your seat, but we also have specialty programming, bringing back old and new films we think deserve attention.”

It will be the company’s fourth theater in San Antonio.

Boerne Stage Crossing will be completed this year, according to Ian Pierce, Weitzman’s vice president of communications. Outlets include a Walmart Supercenter, Chick-fil-A, Bank of America, Supercuts, Pacific Dental Services, AT&T, OmniVision Eye Care and more.

Burrows hopes Santikos Enterprises and the other newcomers will consider joining LSBA.

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