Founded in 1911, Santikos Entertainment, formerly Santikos Theatres, has been known for technologically innovative theatres and always striving to provide the best movie watching experience throughout San Antonio. In 2015 as part of the estate of the late John L. Santikos, Santikos Entertainment was gifted to the San Antonio Area Foundation, marking it as the largest single charitable donation in the history of San Antonio and in the United States that year.
Santikos Entertainment now exists for the sole benefit of the communities in which it operates. The dollars spent on movie tickets and amenities are funneled back into the local community in the form of donations, sponsorships, grants and programming that educate, cure, support and otherwise enhance lives of the citizens that support Santikos Entertainment.
“We want 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," says David M. Holmes, Santikos Enterprises president and CEO. "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."
The company’s tagline, Be a Part of the Legacy, will be a consistent reminder of the company’s vision and also serves as an invitation to the community to be a part of the mission through its patronage of the Santikos Entertainment venues.
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.