State-of-the-art entertainment venue marks numerous firsts in cinema, dining and recreation offerings
Santikos Theatres has announced Thursday, May 16 as the grand opening date for the Palladium AVX in Fort Bend County. The cutting-edge, Greek-themed entertainment complex ushers in a deluxe movie-going experience unavailable anywhere else in the U.S. The new, luxury entertainment destination is located just west of Houston on Grand Parkway, one mile south of the Westpark Tollway near Long Meadow Farms. Santikos currently has seven multiplex theatres in San Antonio, and operates the Silverado IMAX in Tomball, TX.
The 180,000-square-foot facility will boast 22 movie screens, making it the largest multiplex in the Santikos chain. Each auditorium will have stadium seating and Santikos’ own AVX projection, which features oversized, wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling screens, state-of-the-art sound systems and the latest in projection technology. Six of the auditoriums, designated AVX MAX, will feature the newly released Dolby Atmos sound system and enormous 80-foot screens – giving the Palladium more giant screens than any other theatre in Texas. Additionally, two of the auditoriums will feature double rows of D-BOX motion seats that move in perfect synchronization with on-screen action, creating an unmatched immersive experience. Upon grand opening, the Palladium will be the only facility in the greater Houston area to feature these technological innovations.
“We are so excited about the opening of the Santikos Palladium AVX,” said Chris Prichard of Santikos Theatres. “It will be the grandest theatre ever in our 101-year history, with every detail selected to deliver the greatest experience possible for all of our guests. The Palladium will be the premiere entertainment destination for Houston and Fort Bend County and will be one of the finest facilities in the country.”
Appealing to movie lovers across the board, the Palladium will feature a “theatre-within-a-theatre,” completely dedicating four of its 22 screens to art and independent films, as well as mainstream biopics. For those guests seeking added luxury, eight auditoriums will have a special VIP section toward the back of the auditorium where they can order food and drinks before and during the movie, and four additional auditoriums will have private VIP rooms, akin to luxury box seats. The complex will offer guests the option to reserve their seats ahead of time, allowing them to enjoy the other features of the Palladium up until moments before showtime.
The complex will have multiple beverage and dining options, including The Agora Bar, a wine bar, Express Cafes featuring Greek food, sushi, pizza, Tex-Mex, burgers and sandwiches, a gelato bar, soft serve frozen yogurt, and a Starbucks. Guests will also have access to a bowling center with 16 full lanes, an arcade room, a specialty candy store, and a movie-themed retail store with t-shirts, film cells and other memorabilia. There will be featured art from Texas artists, and Texas wines will be listed at the bars. Additionally, the Palladium will provide an ideal space for special events such as charitable galas, corporate shareholder meetings, team building events and private parties.
Instead of the traditional box office, the Palladium will have 27 interactive, self-service ticketing kiosks, each featuring a 42” portrait layout touchscreen. Santikos has also simplified the movie-going experience by introducing their mobile app, which allows guests to purchase tickets with saved information and just swipe their card upon arrival.
Photos of the facility can be viewed on the Palladium AVX website, and other materials and details about the Palladium’s amenities are available upon request.
About Santikos Theatres
San Antonio-based Santikos Theatres is the largest family-owned and operated theatre circuit in Texas, founded by Louis Santikos in 1911. The circuit presently operates seven facilities in San Antonio and the Silverado IMAX on 249 near Tomball. The entertainment company is a pioneer in “experiential theatre” and proudly continues its tradition of customer service, community relations and superior cinematic presentation. For more: www.santikos.com