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February 2019 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the Fleet Science Center's Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

January 30, 2019

Carsten Peter views a lava lake, which are contained within a volcano vent.

Carsten Peter views a lava lake, which are contained within a volcano vent.
A mass of molten lava oozes from an erupting vent.

A mass of molten lava oozes from an erupting vent.
National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter stands near a volcano erupting smoke and steam.

National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter stands near a volcano erupting smoke and steam.
There are more than 500 active volcanoes on Earth.

There are more than 500 active volcanoes on Earth.

Attached please find the February 2019 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the Fleet Science Center's Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.


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

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




Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation. Dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a lava lake in Vanuatu, visit the ghost town of Pompeii and witness the devastating effects of the recent Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. Generously sponsored and presented locally by The Shiley Foundation. (42 mins.) February 1-16: Daily at noon, 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. February 17-28: Daily at noon & 5 p.m. Please note: No noon show on February 4.

More at: www.fleetscience.org/shows/volcanoes


Great Barrier Reef. Dive in and discover Great Barrier Reef! Come on an unforgettable adventure with sea turtles and manta rays, witness the birth of baby seahorses and discover the exotic splendor of fluorescent corals at night. Narrated by Australian actor Eric Bana. (45 mins.) Monday-Thursday at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. Please note: No 6 p.m. show on February 10. Additional shows at 11 a.m. on February 17-18 and 23-24. 

More at: www.fleetscience.org/shows/great-barrier-reef


An IMAX Original Film: PandasPandas follows a collaboration between an American biologist, a scientist from inner Mongolia and a very curious female cub named Qian Qian in their journey to protect the species. (42 mins.) Generously sponsored in part by The Hattie Ettinger Conservation Fund and the San Diego Foundation. (42 mins.) Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. Saturday & Sunday at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Please note: Additional 11 a.m. show on February 5. No 11 a.m. show on February 17-18 and 23-24.

More at: www.fleetscience.org/shows/pandas  


Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how we think about engineering. From the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. The film shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world's largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. Dream Big is a MacGillivray Freeman film in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers, presented by Bechtel Corporation and sponsored locally by The Shiley Foundation. (42 mins.) February 17-28: Daily at 3 p.m.

More at: www.fleetscience.org/shows/dream-big



The Sky Tonight: Understanding the Stars

Get up close to the wonders of our universe with planetarium shows on the first Wednesday of every month. Our astronomer will take you on a journey through the cosmos and guide you into the depths of space. What does the color of a star tell us? What is the star's energy source? And how do we know? We will learn about the stars, from nuclear fusion and solar flares to the telescopes and spacecraft that help us understand them. The San Diego County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park, weather and operational requirements permitting.

Adults $19.95, seniors $18.95, children $17.95. 

Wednesday, February 6, at 7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. 

More at: www.fleetscience.org/events/sky-tonight


February Hours:

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

February 6: 10 a.m.-8:15 p.m.




The Fleet Admission (access to all exhibit galleries, plus one IMAX Film):

Nonmembers: Adults $21.95, Seniors $19.95, Children $18.95


"The Sky Tonight" Live Planetarium Show admission

Members: Adults $16.95, Seniors $15.95, Children $14.95

Nonmembers: Adults $21.95, Seniors $19.95, Children $18.95


Senior Monday (first Monday of the month, excluding holidays):

$8 for seniors 65+


Additional Film Voucher for Members: 



Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION

$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.fleetscience.org



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

The 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 Giant 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.fleetscience.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.

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