Olmos Theatre

4205 San Pedro Avenue,
San Antonio, TX 78212

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Olmos Theatre

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The Olmos auditorium was long and narrow. It had a large screen with a gold curtain. The walls were adorned with floral patterned artwork. It had no balcony.

When I was a kid in the late 50s and early 60s, it seemed that every time I went to see a Disney picture it played at the Olmos. It was the flagship of the Santikos Theatre chain that once owned and operated the vast majority of San Antonio theatres. Unfortunately the Olmos spent it’s last days as an X rated movie theatre in the mid 80s.

The San Antonio College of Dental and Medical Assistants now hold class in the old Olmos building

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 5, 2006 at 5:17 pm

A brief history of Louis Santikos from the Santikos Theaters website:

“More than 80 years ago, Louis Santikos, a Greek entrepreneur, brought cinema to San Antonio. Having immigrated to Texas Mr. Louis Santikos opened one of the state’s first nickelodeons in the early 1900’s. By 1924, he had established the first opulent movie theatre in San Antonio, the Palace Theatre. This endeavor was only the beginning as the Santikos Company continued to introduce many more of these grand theatres throughout the decades that followed.

After graduating from St. Mary’s University, his son John entered the movie business. His first venture was the Olmos theatre in San Antonio, a successful single screen theatre.

In continuing the Santikos legacy, he acquired and built thirteen drive-in theatre locations, thus offering the only Drive-In theatre experience in San Antonio. The Santikos Mission 4 Drive-In, one of the original Drive-In theatres, is still in operation today.

Adding to his entrepreneurial resume, John Santikos introduced San Antonio to its first multi-screen indoor theatre, the Century South Theatre multiplex. Additional theatres were added over the next 2 decades to this initial development with the construction of the Northwest, Galaxy, Westlakes and Embassy multi-screen theatres. The recent additions of the Silverado 16, Mayan 14 and the creation of the new art cinema & cafe, The Bijou at Crossroads has brought Santikos Theatres back to the forefront of San Antonio’s quality entertainment.

In 1987, the operational division of the theatres was sold to Act III Theatres. However, in May 2001, John Santikos returned to his beloved theatre business by obtaining the theatres he had sold. With the addition of the Greek themed Palladium mega-plex located at IH-10 West and La Cantera, the highly anticipated construction of the Granada Theatre located at 1604 and Potranco Road and with future entertainment venues in the planning stages, Santikos remains a prominent name as the largest locally owned and operated theatre circuit in San Antonio".

JamesEBohenek on October 29, 2006 at 11:27 pm

For a short time this house was a repertory cinema that showed a different movie every two or three days, and occasional first-run movies such as “A Wedding” (1978). I have vivid memories of seeing “The Ritz” (1976) and “Die Konsequenz” (1977), the latter a Wolfgang Petersen/Jürgen Prochnow movie.

DonLewis on May 23, 2008 at 8:27 am

A 1982 view of the Olmos Theater in San Antonio.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Here are some 1984 photos:




Dexter2010 on June 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I remember working at the Olmos Theatre as an usher/chief usher 1970 to 1972. It was a nice old fashion theatre. Mr. Pedro was the manager and Santikos was the owner. His office was next door to the theatre. We always had to keep on our toes as he would drive by and look in to see if we were doint our jobs.

Kevin Lee

oldolmosusher on October 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Wow. Just came across this. I was an usher at the Olmos when I was in Jr. High, late 1950’s. Then I was an usher at the Texas and then the Majestic. Good times.

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