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Santikos Northwest reopens amid renovations Friday

November 14, 2018

One of San Antonio’s longest-running movie theaters is ready to debut its reboot. Partially, anyway.

Santikos Northwest is tentatively set to reopen Friday afternoon. The theater closed in October for remodeling. Five of its 10 auditoriums should be ready for showtime, with brand new luxury recliners, new screens and updated projection and sound.

A snazzy new lobby with a new bar and upscale food items, plus a new arcade area, also is in the works.

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“We also want to remind guests when they do come in, the theater will still be under renovation,” said Andrew Brooks, Santikos Entertainment director of marketing.

Brooks said the theater will have limited concessions and food items through November. Moviegoers can visit santikos.com for updates.

The multiplex at Interstate 10 near Callaghan Road first opened in April 1976 as the Northwest Six Theatres. It was just the second Santikos movie complex in San Antonio, and it was the first in the nation to use a computer-operated electric flashing sign as a marquee.

The first films at the Northwest included Woody Allen’s “Play It Again, Sam,” “The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox” starring Goldie Hawn and George Segal and “Bugs Bunny, Superstar.”

The Northwest isn’t the only Santikos staple undergoing a face lift. About a mile away, the Bijou at Wonderland of the Americas mall also is undergoing renovations, which should wrap up by the end of the year. Unlike the Northwest, the Bijou has remained open during its remodeling.

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Santikos has overhauled other theaters in recent years. In 2016, the company transformed the Embassy into a posh picture house with a classic Hollywood aesthetic, with glass-encased movie memorabilia, auditoriums sporting custom-made electric recliners, premium sound and laser digital projection. Santikos’ Palladium and Mayan Palace saw their own upgrades last year.

Louis Santikos founded Santikos Theatres, later Santikos Entertainment, in 1911. His son John L. Santikos ran the company until his death in 2014. The chain was donated to the nonprofit San Antonio Area Foundation, which connects donors and charitable funds with area groups and causes.

René A. Guzman is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | rguzman@express-news.net | Twitter: @reneguz

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