Santikos gives preview of new movie Cibolo, game complex



As Santikos Entertainment’s complex in Cibolo draws closer to opening, a fun showdown is inevitable as development along Interstate 35 between San Antonio and New Braunfels heats up.

The San Antonio-based company gave a tour of its 87,700-square-foot colossus on Tuesday, which is slated to open in May.

Just across the street, San Marcos-based EVO Entertainment Group is opening its new 73,000 square foot multiplex this week.

The Santikos complex will feature reclining seats in front of a dozen cinema screens, including two in the company’s AVX format, with larger screens, digital projection and surround sound.

If customers don’t want to see a movie, they can throw bowling balls on 16 lanes, several of which have flashing interactive graphics, or play arcade games, in a two-level laser tag room or at the lane. interior of a multi-player virtual room. arena of reality.

A live music venue is no longer part of the project, but there will be a patio space for events and gatherings. Hungry patrons can grab pizza, wings, sandwiches, and burgers, or grab a drink from the full bar.

The project is Santikos’ second venture to focus on an assortment of entertainment offerings, as the company competes with other chains as well as sofas and lounges. Santikos opened the Casa Blanca cinema and bowling megaplex in far west San Antonio in 2016.

The Cibolo complex will be a one-stop-shop for movies, games and food, community-driven activities, said Andrew Brooks, director of strategy and innovation at Santikos.

“All of this development is going to be a destination for all the surrounding communities,” he said.

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When people walk through the door of the establishment, the company wants them to feel immersed in the entertainment options – “to forget about reality and just have fun,” said Daniel Fonseca, director of games at Santikos.

The project anchors the development of Cibolo Crossing, which will include retail and office components as well as apartments. There is 340,000 square feet of retail space around downtown Santikos, as well as 100,000 square feet of office and hospitality space.

Much of the commercial space is advertised and tenants will be announced over the next few months, said Jonathan Collins, CCIM at Valcor, who handles the leasing of Cibolo Crossing.

It is focused on entertainment, service and dining. Fasken Oil and Ranch, the developer, “doesn’t make a great center of power that Amazon is going to compete with,” Collins said.

EVO’s new 73,000 square foot multiplex nearby also features bowling alleys, an arcade, a laser tag and virtual reality experiences. The project includes 10 screens and two EVX auditoriums, the IMAX version of EVO. Visitors can call a waiter from their recliners and order food, snacks, and beer from the lobby cafe.

“We are an entertainment company, not a movie company,” said EVO CEO Mitchell Roberts.

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The complex is part of the Wiederstein Ranch business development in Schertz. Five Star Development recently pulled out of the project, affecting EVO’s plans for a 15,000-seat amphitheater, Roberts said. The company would still like to build it, but plans have been put on hold. Abiso Development has since taken over the project, Roberts said.

Both companies say their unique approach will stand out among guests.

“Our goal is to do what we do best – provide our customers with incredible time and service,” said Roberts.

Santikos’ business model is centered around community, customer experience and the legacy of John L. Santikos, Brooks said. Santikos ran the company founded by his father, Louis Santikos, until his death in 2014.

“We’re going to let (the model) speak for itself when we open the doors, and this community can choose,” said Brooks.

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