Colonies North Theatre

3527 Wurzbach Road,
San Antonio, TX 78230

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The Cinematex Theatre was built in 1970 by San Antonio showman and media personality Tommy Reynolds. It was the last single screen theatre built in San Antonio. It was a beautiful theatre with 502 Griggs Pushback seats. It had a nice stage, and Mr. Reynolds put on some entertaining live stage shows in addition to movies.

The theatre didn’t catch on, and was kind of far out at the time and closed in 1972. Santikos Theatres reopened it a few months later, changed the name to the Colonies North Theatre, and had better success, although it never was as popular as it should have been. I was the assistant manager of the Cinematex throughout 1971.

The theatre is now part of the retail space at Colonies North Shopping Center

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 1, 2009 at 8:33 am

Here is a May 1972 item from the San Antonio Express:

Santikos Theaters Inc. has acquired the former Cinematex Theater in Colonies North and will reopen it Thursday under the new name of Colonies North Theater. The new addition to the theater chain will show first-run and top-quality movies, said Ken Higgins, one of the executives of Santikos.

The theater will open with Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” and “The Barefoot Executive.” Following that double bill the theater will show “Hans Christian Anderson” beginning June 16, followed by “The Garden of Fitzi Continis,” which won an Oscar this year for the best foreign film.

John Crawford, former assistant manager of Santikos' San Pedro Outdoor Theater, will be the manager of the new 500-seat theater. Other theaters in the Santikos chain are Century South, Olmes, and the San Pedro, Fredericksburg Road, Trail and Town-Twin outdoor theaters.

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