Barco, the worldwide market share leader in digital cinema projection, partners with Santikos Theatres to make history by deploying the first ever multiplex powered exclusively by laser cinema projectors. The Texas-based exhibitor’s new Casa Blanca Theatre will utilize Barco’s Flagship and phosphor laser projectors to brilliantly and efficiently illuminate all 16 screens, offering Santikos’ customers exceptional image quality and unmatched 3D brightness. The agreement marks the first 100% laser-powered projection cinema in the world.
Santikos was one of the first exhibitors to embrace Barco’s Flagship Laser projector. Based upon their success, Santikos is expanding to all laser for its new Casa Blanca Theatre. Barco’s laser fleet provides the ideal combination of performance output and economic value, simplifying operations by removing the costs and maintenance associated with lamp-based projectors.
“Laser projection is a game changer for moviegoer experiences and our internal operations,” comments Art Seago, President of Santikos Theatres. “Laser projects the best images and completely eliminates the labor, cost and variability of xenon bulbs. Our guests expect Santikos Theatres to be at the forefront of technology, and Barco laser is now the pinnacle of cinema projection. We are proud to outfit the Casa Blanca Theatre with the best products our industry offers.”
The new site, slated to debut in early 2016, offers other exciting entertainment features including a specialty restaurant, in-theater dining service, a 16-lane state-of-the-art bowling venue, and luxury recliner seating for ultimate comfort.
Barco Laser projection – the best investment
Offering a broad range of projectors to ensure the perfect match for every screen, Barco has designed its laser projectors to realize unprecedented image quality at a very attractive total cost of ownership. The first DCI-compliant projector capable of showing 4K 2D content at 60 fps and 4K 3D at 30 fps, the Barco DP4K-60L projector presents pristine images using 40 percent less power than xenon lamp versions. The Barco Flagship laser projectors are based on an Intelligent Projector concept that combines cost effectiveness and the unmatched Alchemy technology.
“We are proud to further strengthen our long-standing relationship with Santikos Theatres and admire their commitment to delivering the most innovative cinema technology leading to the ultimate moviegoer experiences,” comments Stijn Henderickx, VP Cinema for Barco. “Our flagship laser projectors are the ideal complement to their upscale cinema concept, reflecting Santikos’ reputation for uncompromising quality.”
Fueling the next wave in digital cinema
Based upon a strong foundation of a loyal customer base of 60,000 projector installations and award -winning DLP Cinema® projectors, Barco is well positioned to lead the next wave of transition from lamp-based cinema projection to laser-based projection.
“Barco leads the cutting-edge of digital cinema innovation, continually introducing new experiences that elevate the entertainment experience for moviegoers and boost revenues for today’s movie exhibitors,” comments Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President, Entertainment for Barco.
Based in San Antonio, Texas, Santikos Theatres has been making movie memories in South Texas for over 100 years. Our purpose is to benefit the communities in which we operate. With nine locations in San Antonio and Houston, Santikos Theatres continues to be a leader in the industry with amenities such as IMAX, AVX, D-BOX and DOLBY ATMOS at select locations.