Before modern filmmakers invented voiceovers, they were forced to include scenes where the protagonist bitterly explained his dark past to mirrors, statues, and unfeeling snowmen. Study expository techniques with today's Groupon: for $24, you get two general-admission movie tickets (up to a $17 value) to a showing of your choice, two cheeseburgers with fries (a $21 value), and two regular sodas (a $10 value) at The Rialto, owned by Santikos Theatres (up to a $48 total value).
The bright lights of The Rialto Theatre's marquee compel patrons to enter its recently renovated interior, where they can order burgers and drinks to consume while watching a film or relaxing in the theater's restaurant. Patrons can peruse showtimes with a companion to find a witty French farce or a low-key drama about dogs winning the World Cup, and then carry their dinner into the theater to better relate to protagonists during climactic burger-chewing sequences. For even more immersive viewing, cinephiles can upgrade to a 3-D showing (for select movies) for an additional fee at the box office.
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.