SAN ANTONIO -- A huge donation was made Tuesday to help the Alamo City ring in its 300th birthday!

More than a million dollars was handed over to the San Antonio Tricentennial this morning courtesy of the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation.

Instead of a box office movie, people witnessed history in the making as the amount was unveiled on the big screen at Santikos Embassy 14. A 1.1 million dollar donation from the San Antonio Area Foundation, a fund created by late movie theater businessman John L. Santikos.

"He [John Santikos] would be proud,” said CEO Dennis Noll. “It was a gift of history which he loved and entertain people for years and years to come."

Part of the donation will help create the next chapter in San Antonio's already legendary story.

In 2018, San Antonio will mark its 300th anniversary with a week-long celebration in May that will be remembered for generations.

"We couldn’t be more excited to welcome San Antonio Foundation and Witte to that," Mayor Ivy Taylor said.

Tuesday’s donation will be split between the Tricentennial Commission and the Witte Museum, a place Santikos enjoyed so much he would have his nephew drive him there three or four times a month.

"The fact this gift to Tricentennial and Witte would’ve been very special to Mr. Santikos," said Noll. "The nice part is the legacy will continue the first of many checks will go back to San Antonio."