Santikos Entertainment announced in a news release Tuesday that it will reopen its fifth movie theater on Friday.

The San Antonio-based cinema chain said its Santikos Embassy theater, located on 13707 Embassy Row, will return to business with $5 tickets. Santikos first reopened the Palladium, Casa Blanca and its Cibolo location on May 2 and then the Mayan Palace 14 on May 21. All locations temporarily closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of Gov. Greg Abbott's "Open Texas" plan, movie theaters first reopened at 25 percent capacity on May 1. Movie theaters are currently open at 50 percent occupancy as part of "Phase 3" of Abbott's plan.

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The North Side location will have the same social distancing guidelines and restrictions that are currently in place at the four open movie theaters. Some seats and aisles will be blocked to ensure social distancing and there will also only be three showtimes daily.

Face masks are mandatory in all common areas of the theater such as lobbies, hallways, restrooms, restaurants, lounges, game rooms and concession stands. Masks may be removed when eating, drinking or when seated for the movie, according to Santikos' website. Tickets can be bought online or at a kiosk that will be cleaned after every use. For showtimes and more information, visit

Santikos Entertainment has nine movie theaters in the San Antonio area. The company announced in February that two new Santikos locations are expected to open in 2021. One movie theater is set to be located in Leon Springs on the far Northwest Side while the other is expected to be on the city's North Side on Bulverde Road and Loop 1604.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for | | @CillaAguirre