Santikos Entertainment is more than a movie theatre. It’s a mission.
Santikos Entertainment, formerly Santikos Theatres, 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 lasting gift to San Antonio.
Santikos Entertainment is dedicated to providing a best-in-class movie going experience by integrating leading-edge technologies with extremely comfortable surroundings and fabulous guest service experiences to create incomparable entertainment destinations. But that’s just half of the story. As defined by its business model and guided by the gift of John L. Santikos, today Santikos Entertainment operates as a social enterprise, serving the higher purpose of giving back to the community in a meaningful way. We operate as 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. Whether it’s arts and culture, health, youth and education, or people in need, Santikos Entertainment is invested in building a stronger San Antonio.
Santikos Entertainment president and CEO, David Holmes, wants the public to understand that we all have a stake in creating a vibrant and prosperous community. “You can see a movie anywhere, but every time you see a movie at Santikos, you become a vital part of our charitable legacy because a portion of every ticket, drink or snack purchased goes back to organizations that improve our society. All movies have a beginning and an end, but when you see a movie at Santikos, the end of the movie is just the beginning.”
As a service-driven steward of our community, it’s Santikos Entertainment’s mission to honor the legacy of John L. Santikos by generating more funding that benefits our community. We invite San Antonio to come alongside us to be a part of the legacy and our mission. Santikos Entertainment is more than a movie theatre. It is an integral part of our community, making a lasting impact on the lives of San Antonians.
Be a Part of the Legacy
The John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, was created by John L. Santikos – entrepreneur, real estate developer and movie theatre businessman – who died December 30, 2014. Mr. Santikos gifted the bulk of his estate to the San Antonio Area Foundation to establish his legacy, continue the successful operation of his businesses and make significant annual donations beyond his lifetime. Mr. Santikos had a specific and well-planned vision for how the Area Foundation would direct his support. He identified eight Texas counties along with a set of charitable interest areas for the Area Foundation to administer grants.