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Rancho Cordova, Calif., USA—Oct 14, 2015

Santikos Theatres and Barco Pioneer Movie Industry’s First All Laser Projector-Powered Multiplex

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.


About Santikos
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.

About Barco Digital Cinema: Barco designs technology to enable bright outcomes around the world. Seeing beyond the image, we develop sight, sound, and sharing solutions to help you work together, share insights, and wow audiences. Our focus is on three core markets: Enterprise (from meeting and control rooms to corporate spaces), Healthcare (from the radiology department to the operating room), and Entertainment (from movie theaters to live events and attractions). In 2016, we realized sales of 1.102 billion euro. We have a team of 3,500 employees, located in 90 countries, whose passion for technology is captured in 400 granted patents.

Barco is one of three licencees of Texas Instruments DLP Cinema™ technology. TI developed DLP Cinema™ technology working in close cooperation with Barco and others in the movie industry, to develop Cinema Projector and support systems based on DMD™ technology, to meet the requirement of studios, film distributors and exhibitors alike.
Barco Digital Cinema Directory page About Santikos Theatres: Santikos Entertainment is the only theater group to operate as a social enterprise for the sole benefit of the communities in which it operates. Since 1911, Santikos has created unique experiences with large format screens, cutting-edge audio and visual technology, and ground-breaking amenities for the cinema industry, like bowling and full service in-theater dining. Now organized under the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, the company operates 10 theater and entertainment venues in San Antonio and Houston. The newest location, the Casa Blanca, opening in 2016 in the Alamo Ranch community in the northwest sector of San Antonio, will feature 16 screens, in-theater dining, full bar service and 16 lanes of bowling. Santikos Theatres Directory page

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