The San Antonio Film Festival unearths cinematic treasures and provides a platform for artists to unveil their works to a diverse audience. College and high-school categories showcase the future of filmmaking, and documentaries drag real-world issues—such as the epidemic misuse of the word "literally"—into the light. Festival-goers literally never stop between viewings, keeping busy while meeting some of the filmmakers, soaking in words of wisdom from panelists, and participating in workshops.
The San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival ushers in summer with its three-day explosion of outdoor music, art and food. Ears watch the sonorous stylings of bands hailing from all over Texas from the comfort of covered VIP seating while enjoying refreshments and, on Saturday and Sunday evenings, tucking into a full dinner. After flexing fingers around forks, attendees can browse art stalls showcasing the talents of local painters, craftsmen and highly trained paintbrushes. In addition to a mental scrapbook's worth of memories, patrons leave with swag including a souvenir badge, autographed posters, and a jazz pin.
The Cameo Theatre's Egyptian art-deco-style setting lures wandering eyes with polychrome accents, gilt columns, and a sphinx that permits entry only after guests solve a riddle. A surviving artifact of the 1940s, the theater first opened to house vaudeville acts and showcase movies, but has since opened its stage to a number of legendary performers, such as B.B. King and Metallica, and now regularly hosts theatrical productions.
FunFlicks Outdoor Movies’ inflatables transform outdoor festivals, park outings, backyard parties, gymnasiums, and other spaces into pop-up entertainment venues. Helpful attendants drop off and set up inflatable screens for an evening’s viewing, along with high-definition projectors, DVD and Blu-ray players, and booming audio equipment or an optional short-range FM broadcast. Screens in 12-foot and 18-foot sizes provide intimate viewing for groups numbering in the dozens, whereas behemoth 45-foot screens can support audiences of more than 5,000 or act as a comfortable air mattress for a sleepy giant. The rentals can also be used to display slide shows, video games, and live television, and additional amenities such as popcorn machines provide guests with theatrical comforts.
Premiere Inflatables entertains with more traditional inflatables—in other words—ones that encourage people to climb all over them. Crews deliver dry and wet inflatable slides, inflatable obstacle courses, and bounce houses to parties, and after setting them up, perform a quick sanitizing wipe-down to ensure they're squeaky clean. All of the inflatables are made in the USA and none are more than 3 years old. Some of them even feature both a jump area and water slide that ends in a refreshing pool.
Located steps from the historic Alamo site, the Alamo IMAX Theatre Rivercenter transforms history and science topics into adventurous films projected on a screen that stretches more than six stories high. The theater comes equipped with 12,000 watts of digital surround sound blasted from 44 laser-focused speaker drivers spread around the room, as reels of i5/70 film offer images 10 times the size of 35mm film and more than twice the size of microfiche. Audience members recline in comfortable seats and immerse themselves in classic IMAX films such as Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West and first-release movies such as The Dark Knight Rises.
Greek immigrant Louis Santikos founded his first movie theater in San Antonio in 1911, when silent moving pictures of train robberies and slapstick comedy were an exciting novelty. Today, the thriving regional theater empire continues the family tradition of dazzling audiences with attractions such as IMAX sensory journeys.
Santikos's expansive theaters house up to 19 screens of first-run cinematic entertainment at some locations. Equipped with popcorn and sodas, moviegoers can nervously munch and sip their way through every pulse-pounding car chase, tragic missed connection, or gripping montage of drying paint. Screenings in 3-D of select films are brought to life by the gloriously immersive illuminations of Xpand 3-D projectors.