Regal Live Oak Theater Gets $1.5 Million IMAX Upgrade

Regal Cinemas plans to upgrade its Live Oak theater again. This time the business is growing.

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Regal is continuing to upgrade its San Antonio theaters with plans to convert one of its screens from its Live Oak facility to an IMAX experience. The Tennessee-based theater chain estimates the conversion will cost $1.5 million, according to a recent building permit filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Regal also filed a permit for $7 million in theater upgrades at 7901 Pat Booker Road in April. Previous upgrades included reclining seats in 15 auditoriums and the transformation of one auditorium into a “4DX” theater, according to this TDLR filing.

Additionally, Regal filed a permit for an additional $7 million in upgrades to its 22-year-old Regal Cielo Vista Theater near Ingram Park Mall in April. This project includes premium seating for 17 auditoriums. All of these upgrades are expected to be completed by mid-2023.

Regal Huebner Oaks was the last theater to receive reclining seat upgrades in 2016.

The upgrades to Regal Theaters in San Antonio come at a time when Santikos is expanding into former Alamo Drafthouse locations in the San Antonio area. Santikos itself has also branched out into the residential market, launching a luxury and affordable apartment complex project with local developer Lynd Co.

Another cinema competitor, EVO, is entering the Southside market with plans to convert a former mall into a huge entertainment complex complete with a bowling alley and bumper cars.