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For Educators: Heikoff Giant Dome Theater Shows


For Educators: Heikoff Giant Dome Theater Shows


IMAX Films at the Fleet

Featuring a virtually seamless, 76-foot, tilted Nanoseam dome screen, the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater is the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater. It's also an incredible planetarium. The hemispheric screen immerses you in the action and creates the illusion of being suspended in space. 

Heikoff Giant Dome Theater Schedule 

YOU call the shots! Select a film and date range for your visit. Then, call a Client Services representative to identify the best match for your needs. Films can be shown at 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. Your reservations for 50 or more students locks in a film, date and time. Book your field trip now!

Choosing a Theater Show:

  • Read the film descriptions and grade level recommendations. Refer to our Web site at for additional information on how these films meet California Education Standards. Additional titles may be available. Please ask a Client Services representative for more information.
  • Make your film selection and call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 to identify potential dates for your visit. Please have a few time frames in mind. Reservations are not accepted for the first Monday or Tuesday of each month.
  • Most shows can be captioned and provisions can be made for your sign language interpreters as well. Please notify the Education Department at least two weeks in advance if arrangements need to be made.
  • Some films may be available in Spanish. Restrictions apply. Call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 for details.
  • If you’re ready to book a field trip or school program, you can use our online reservation form!



September–June: 9:45 a.m.

July–August: 9:45 a.m.

School Group Pricing

$10 per student for galleries plus film

$2000 for buyout (274 people max) 

One-hour visit to exhibit galleries included. Allow one hour for your theater experience. Film titles and dates are subject to availability.

Prices subject to change without notice.

Call 619-238-1233 ext. 806 for the latest pricing information.

Note: In addition to the films listed below, our current public films are also available for education bookings.

A Beautiful Planet

(Grades 3-12)

A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. The film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet and the effects humanity has had on it over time.


Dream Big: Engineering Our World

(Grades 3-12)

Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots and solar cars, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.


Flight of the Butterflies

(Grades K-12)

Join the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey as it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, and a scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. (Available in Spanish.)


Great Bear Rainforest

(Grades K-12)

Journey into the land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear from the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the wildest places left on Earth and the last intact temperate rainforest in the world. 



(Grades 3-12)

Featuring stunning imagery of distant galaxies, planets and the birth of stars, Hubble showcases NASA’s last mission to service one of history’s most important observatories. (Available in Spanish.)


Into America's Wild

(Grades PreK-8)

Step off the beaten path and connect to your inner trailblazer in this new adventure of the natural world. Starting at Oregon's stunning coast, explore the scenic byways, ancient homelands and many other wonderful natural scenarios.


National Parks Adventure

(Grades 2-12)

Embark on the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades, the Redwoods, and Arches. Learn its history and the vital contributions of John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt to the establishment of our national park system. (Available in Spanish.)


Turtle Odyssey

(Grades 1-12)

Sea Turtles are some of Earth’s most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 million years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass extinctions and playing critical roles in maintaining healthy, marine food webs. Not only do these friendly animals captivate us as they peacefully glide through the ocean, but their personal journeys of survival are equally fascinating.


Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

(Grades 2-12)

Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes have helped create the world we know. From the continents to the air we breathe and even life itself, all have their origins in fire. With over 500 active volcanoes, Earth is bursting at the seams with these forces of mass construction. The story of volcanoes is the store of the planet's creation, and the story of us.