Former San Antonio Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes reopens under Santikos Entertainment ownership

Attention all moviegoers! A familiar movie theater is returning next week to the Marbach area, but it will look completely different. San Antonio-based Santikos Entertainment is opening the former Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes location on Thursday, March 31. 

When Alamo Drafthouse closed its Westlakes establishment in April 2021 – 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. 

The theater has 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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In celebration of the opening, Santikos is going back to 1984 food and beverage pricing to tribute coming home. 

In celebration of the opening, Santikos is going back to 1984 food and beverage pricing to tribute coming home. 

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In 2004, Alamo Drafthouse first opened Westlakes. However, John Santikos originally opened the location in 1984. In celebration of the opening, Santikos is going back to 1984 food and beverage pricing as a tribute to coming home. Here’s the pricing you’ll find at the Westlakes location from March 31 to April 7:

  • $4 on all Viva Beer products (drafts and cans)
  • $3 on all candy
  • $3 on regular drinks
  • $3 regular popcorn
  • $3 hot dogs
  • $3 Ricos Nachos To Go

Santikos is giving away free regular popcorn with a proof of ticket purchases every Wednesday for a limited time.

In 2004, Alamo Drafthouse first opened Westlakes. However, John Santikos originally opened it in 1984. 

In 2004, Alamo Drafthouse first opened Westlakes. However, John Santikos originally opened it in 1984. 

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“At Santikos Entertainment, we are excited about the opportunity to do more for our community by re-opening Westlakes,” Tim Handren, Santikos CEO, said. “The community is going to be blown away by the improvements. We’ve upgraded sound, projection and added a brand-new arcade featuring over 25 games. Then, if you want to catch the big game or get a cold one, movie lovers can check out the brand-new sports bar.”

The local chain expanded the Westlakes location, adding an additional 3,904 square feet to the 40,363-square-foot property to make it big enough for an arcade room and bar. The theater has updated recliner seats with a cooler for all nine theaters, two of the famous serve-your-own-popcorn stands (available at Mayan, Northwest, Galaxy, Embassy, New Braunfels and Cibolo locations), and the express pick-up option.