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August 2015 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center's Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

July 27, 2015

Please find the August 2015 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center's Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

For a Full Schedule, visit: www.rhfleet.org/shows

Full Schedule as a PDF is available in the Fleet Media Dropbox


Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean. Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, brings to the Giant IMAX Dome screen a stunning look at a secret world within the ocean. Dive in and discover the beauty and diversity of the oceans--the source of all life on our planet. Filmed in the Bahamas, Fiji and Bimini, Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean will introduce you to more than 30 sea species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to new underwater filming tools. Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. Recommended for general audiences. (40 min.) Monday through Friday at 12PM, 2PM, 4PM & 6PM; Saturday and Sunday at 12PM, 2PM & 6PM. (Please Note: 8/1, 8/22 and 8/23 at 12PM, 2PM, 4PM & 6PM. 8/3 at 2PM, 4PM & 6PM only. 8/5 at at 12PM, 2PM & 4PM only.)

Humpback Whales. Take an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature's most awe-inspiring marine mammals, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for an immersive look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Found in every ocean on earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery.  Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why only the males sing, and why these intelligent 50-foot, 48-ton animals migrate more than 6,000 miles round-trip every year. Narrated by Ewan McGregor. Locally sponsored by ScholarShare. (45 min.) Monday through Thursday at 11AM & 3PM; Friday at 11AM, 3PM & 7PM; Saturday at 11AM & 7PM; Sunday at 11AM only. (Please note: 8/1 and 8/22 at 11AM, 3PM & 7PM. 8/3 at 3PM only. 8/23 at 11AM and 3PM.) 

Journey To Space. Through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts, Journey To Space showcases the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on to take humans further into space than ever before. The film calls attention to the reality that the space program did not die with the end of the Shuttle Program in 2011. It is vibrantly alive. Journey To Space will both inspire a new generation to dream of a future in space and engender a new appreciation for the accomplishments of the Space Shuttle Program. The film provides a timely review of how NASA has been transitioning from the end of the Space Shuttle Era to a much more ambitious future that will forever change how we live and operate in space as a species. Narrated by Patrick Stewart. Locally sponsored by Cox. (42 min.) Monday through Friday at 1PM & 5PM; Saturday and Sunday at 1PM only. (Please Note: 8/1, 8/22 and 8/23 at 1PM & 5PM.) 

IMAX Admission Rates: Adults $19.95, seniors $17.95, children $16.95. Includes admission to Fleet exhibit galleries.


The Sky Tonight: Year of the Dwarf Planet
NASA spacecrafts have visited two dwarf planets so far this year, Ceres and Pluto. What is a dwarf planet? What have we learned from these space missions? Should Pluto be considered a planet again? Join us and learn the latest from the Dawn and New Horizons missions! The Fleet's popular monthly live planetarium show of the San Diego sky reaches a new level of stunning full-color visuals and incredibly realistic simulations of cosmic phenomena with our state-of-the-art digital projection system. A professional astronomer leads backyard stargazers through the universe.San Diego County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park, weather and operational requirements permitting. Adults $16.95, seniors $15.95, children $14.95. Wednesday, August 5, 7PM & 8:15PM. 

The Impossible Science Experience
The magic is back in San Diego! The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center welcomes Jason Latimer, the World Champion of Magic and judge on Syfy's Wizard Wars, to the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater for a special limited-engagement performance of a one-of-a-kind show. The Impossible Science Experience combines magic and science to create effects that no one thought could ever exist, such as light being bent, water being shaped and a person walking through a solid object right before your eyes! The Impossible Science Experience combines Jason's jaw-dropping illusions with physics, psychology, chemistry, mathematics and technology to create an enlightening and entertaining family-friendly show. In addition to Jason's impressive credentials in the world of magic, the Fleet has also appointed him the science center's Curator of Impossible Science. (45 min.) Saturday and Sunday at 3:30PM and 4:30PM. (Please note: No shows on 8/1, 8/22 and 8/23) 

REGULAR HOURS (through September 7):

Sunday through Thursday:         10AM-6PM
Friday and Saturday:                  10AM-7PM
First Wednesday of month:         10AM-8:15PM


The Fleet Plus (access to all eight exhibit galleries, plus 1 IMAX Film):

Nonmembers: Adults $19.95, Seniors $17.95, Children $16.95

The Fleet Premier (access to all eight exhibit galleries, plus The Impossible Science Experience):

Members: Adults $16.95, Seniors $15.95, Children $14.95
Nonmembers: Adults $24.95, Seniors $23.95, Children $22.95 

The Fleet Ultimate (access to all eight exhibit galleries, plus 1 IMAX Film and The Impossible Science Experience):

Members: Adults $20.55, Seniors $19.15, Children $18.45
Nonmembers: Adults $29.95, Seniors $28.95, Children $27.95 

"The Sky Tonight" Live Planetarium Show admission

Members: Adults $12.95, Seniors $11.95, Children $10.95
Nonmembers: Adults $16.95, Seniors $15.95, Children $14.95

Senior Monday (first Monday of the month, excluding holidays): $8 for seniors 65+

Additional Film Voucher for Members: $8.95

Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION

Nonmembers: $9.95 for qualifying San Diego residents.

Add a Second Show

Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $6;
Nonmembers: Adults/Seniors/Children $7


Phone: (619) 238-1233
Address: 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Website: www.rhfleet.org


IMAX® Films & Planetarium Shows in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center's Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is home to Southern California's only Giant Dome Theater, which reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations as the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Our theater is extraordinary in many ways.

*  It is the world's first IMAX Dome Theater.
*  It features the world's first NanoSeamTM Dome screen in an IMAX theater.
*  It offers two unique experiences in one space: IMAX films and planetarium shows.

The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater boasts a 76-foot tilted Dome screen and a 16,000-watt digital surround sound system, providing a stunning visual and audio experience.

What Is a Dome Theater?

Our Giant Dome Theater has a gigantic, curved screen that wraps the entire theater. This hemispherical screen offers an immersive viewing experience, enhancing the feeling of motion and giving you the sensation that you're in the show.

What Is IMAX?

IMAX is the world's largest film format, yielding incredible clarity and spectacular images. IMAX films are projected by special projectors that weigh as much as a small car and enable the incredible film images to be projected with brightness and clarity on the huge Dome screen.

What Are Planetarium Shows?

The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater boasts a state-of-the-art digital SkyScan projection system. The Fleet uses this system to project planetarium shows that allow audiences to journey to the outer reaches of space from the comfort of their theater seats. We show pre-produced planetarium programs (some of which are created by our own stellar in-house team!) as well as The Sky Tonight, which is a monthly live, astronomer-led planetarium show.


The Fleet offers two options for hearing-impaired guests: closed-captions and assistive listening devices.

Our closed-captioning system is an enhancement of the Rear Window system. When you purchase your ticket, tell the guest services associate that you would like to use the closed-caption service. The service is complimentary, and it is accessible in the upper-right seating area of the theater.

Assistive listening devices increase the intelligibility of theater presentations by enhancing the narration and dialogue and lowering music and sound effects. Ask for a complimentary headset at the Ticket Counter.

What's Showing?

The Fleet opens several IMAX films and planetarium shows each year. Films and shows screen on the hour. The Sky Tonight is held on the first Wednesday of each month. For the latest show information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.rhfleet.org.

IMAX en Español

Headsets are always available free of charge for audiences to listen to available Spanish soundtracks when films with English soundtracks play in the normal daily schedule. 


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.