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The Fleet Science Center Celebrates 48 Years of IMAX® Films With a Film Festival

The IMAX Film Festival is Sunday, September 5, with a different film screening each hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 23, 2021

San Diego, CA—Guests can enjoy a day of cinematic wonders as the Fleet Science Center celebrates over 48 years of IMAX® films with a film festival where eight of the most popular movies from the vault will be featured. From the depths of the ocean to the caldera of a volcano and the Serengeti Plains, each of these films will transport moviegoers to wondrous places with breathtaking cinematography that can only be experienced in an IMAX Dome Theater. 
The Fleet Science Center is home to the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater, presenting the most significant films on the planet. Since the theater opened in 1973, it has shown 114 films and over 150,000 screenings. San Diegans are invited to celebrate the unique theater experience before it changes forever as the world’s longest-running IMAX film projector is decommissioned.
The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater will be changing out of the 70mm film format and will soon be using state-of-the-art laser technology. On Monday, September 6, a day after the film festival, the Fleet’s projectionists will thread the many spindles and rollers of the giant film projector for the last time.
Beginning September 7, the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater will be closed to remove the film projector and complete all upgrades. The theater will reopen on Friday, October 29, with a brand new IMAX laser projection system.
The IMAX Film Festival is on Sunday, September 5, with a different film screening each hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. See below for a complete schedule. One film is included with the regular admission to the Fleet Science Center, and additional films may be purchased onsite. 
The IMAX Film Festival schedule is as follows:
11 a.m.: The Living Sea
Noon: The Human Body 
1 p.m.: Grand Canyon Adventure
2 p.m.: Africa: The Serengeti 
3 p.m.: To The Limit  
4 p.m.: Ring of Fire 
5 p.m.: Jerusalem 
6 p.m.: Hubble     
Seating for each screening is limited. The Fleet Science Center recommends that visitors arrive at least 20 minutes before the film(s) of their choice to line up for theater admission.
For more information and the complete list of film synopsis, please visit www.fleetscience.org/events/imax-film-festival.   

About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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