Santikos Theaters, the leading theater chain in South Texas, is proud to announce its definitive purchase agreement to acquire The Grand Theatres and AmStar Cinemas from VSS-Southern Theatres, LLC. This strategic move marks a significant milestone for Santikos, propelling it to become the 8th largest theater circuit in North America.

A Thriving Future for Santikos Theaters

The CEO of Santikos, Tim Handren, expressed enthusiasm for the expansion, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome our new team members and serve our new guests. Together, we will continually evolve to create the best in-theater experience across the Southeast.” Santikos’ footprint will grow from 121 screens in 10 locations to 377 screens in 27 locations across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

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The Road to Expansion

Santikos’ expansion plans have been in the works since 2018, and with the COVID hurdle behind them, they are now positioned for future growth and development. Handren emphasized the financial strength gained during the pandemic, thanks to their partnership with The Bank of San Antonio. The company believes in the bright future of the industry and the remarkable movies being produced. Santikos aims to offer families incredible experiences and unforgettable memories as they enjoy the best entertainment value movies have to offer.

A Seamless Transition

Jim Wood, CEO of VSS-Southern Theatres, commented on the transaction, expressing excitement for their Grand and AmStar colleagues and guests as they become part of the Santikos family. This transition will further enhance the guest experience throughout the Southeast and solidify Santikos Theaters’ commitment to elevating the cinematic experience.

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About Santikos Theaters

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Santikos Theaters has been dedicated to creating extraordinary experiences for moviegoers since 1911. With state-of-the-art theaters, luxurious amenities, and exceptional customer service, they provide the ultimate cinematic experience. From blockbuster hits to independent films, Santikos offers diverse screenings to cater to every taste. The theaters also host special events, private screenings, and corporate gatherings, ensuring unforgettable memories for guests.

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A New Era for Santikos Theaters

The acquisition of The Grand Theatres and AmStar Cinemas positions Santikos Theaters as a prominent player in the industry, solidifying its status as the 8th largest theater circuit in North America. With a commitment to exceptional experiences and a passion for bringing the magic of the big screen to life, Santikos Theaters continues to redefine the movie-going experience. Join them on this exciting journey and visit for more information.

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