Regal Cinemas plans to spend $14 million to upgrade Cielo Vista and Live Oak Cinemas

Two Regal Cinemas theaters in the San Antonio area are getting upgrades estimated at $14 million.

Fifteen auditoriums at the chain’s Live Oak Theater at 7901 Pat Booker Road will be remodeled for reclining seats and one will feature 4DX film technology, according to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Laser projection technology, audio system upgrades and LED and digital signage at the entrance are also planned, a spokesperson said. Special effects in the Pepsi 4DX auditorium will include seats synchronized with motion, wind, fog, rain, lightning, snow, bubbles, vibrations and scents.

At Regal’s Cielo Vista location at 2828 Cinema Ridge, 17 auditoriums will be converted to premium seating, another filing said. The spokesperson said more information on further improvements will be provided at a later date.

The renovations are expected to be completed by mid-2023.

The chain converted 14 auditoriums at its Huebner Oaks theater to reclining seats in 2016 and updated seating at its Northwoods site in 2018, state documents show.

Other operators have also recently renovated cinemas, including Santikos Entertainment and Cinemark. Their upgrades have included recliners, new lobbies, more food and drink options, and arcade areas.

San Antonio-based Santikos recently closed its Bijou Cinema and said it plans to show independent and foreign films at its other locations under a program dubbed the “Bijou Series,” which begins this summer.

Last year, the company took over and remodeled two former Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, in New Braunfels and Westlakes near the 410 loop and Highway 151. It plans to announce more theater renovations later this year, a spokesperson said.

Flix Brewhouse opened a dinner theater on the Far West Side last year.

EVO Entertainment last week announced plans to open a movie theater, bowling alley and arcade complex in a former Sears store in the South Park Mall in December.

The Austin-based company said the location will feature 12 screens, recliners, a scratch kitchen and bar, an arcade, 14 bowling lanes, virtual reality experiences and bumper cars.

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