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JANUARY 2014 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater!

Don't Miss the Limited Engagements of our Concert Films: COUNTRY MUSIC: The Spirit of America & ROLLING STONES @ the MAX!

December 27, 2013


The JANUARY 2014 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 of Shows and Times:     Daily Schedule




Cosmic Collisions––a spectacular immersive theater experience, narrated by award-winning actor, director and producer Robert Redford. Featuring stunning images from space and breathtaking visualizations based on cutting-edge scientific data—revealing the unimaginable, explosive encounters that shaped our solar system, changed the course of life on Earth and continue to transform our galaxy and dynamic universe. (Extended, now ends 2/19/14)


Wednesday, January 8––The Sky Tonight: Jewels of the Sky. The night sky is dotted with stars that make up the constellations we discuss each month. But as we look closer, we see the star some in a variety of colors and sizes, masses and groupings. Join us in January to learn more about these spectacular jewels of the sky. Our popular monthly live planetarium show of the sky in SD that night reaches a new level of stunning full-color visuals and incredibly realistic simulations of cosmic phenomena with our new state-of-the-art digital GSX™ projection system. A professional astronomer leads backyard stargazers through the universe. Weather and operational requirement permitting, the SD County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park. This is a change in date—The Sky Tonight is usually held on the first Wednesday of each month. 7PM & 8:15PM



Concert Films in Special Limited Engagements!:

See the Stones: Bigger and louder than ever before! Shot on location in Turin, Berlin and London, Rolling Stones at the MAX features the band performing during their highly-acclaimed Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour. The Stones’ electrifying performance includes classics like “Satisfaction” and “Brown Sugar,” as well as “Rock & A Hard Place” and “Start Me Up.” Rolling Stones at the MAX was filmed in June of 1990, released in October of 1991, and features some of the band’s greatest hits from the preceding three decades. This is a 90-minute concert film. It will be presented with a 15-minute intermission midway through the film. No passes, member cards or vouchers, coupons or discounts may be used for screenings of this film. Holiday schedule: 7PM, December 26–January 5; intermittent performances through March, check the website for details:  http://www.rhfleet.org/shows/rolling-stones.


Country Music: The Spirit of America features over 50 of country music’s biggest stars.  It is a celebration of the diversity of America as a result of the influx of outside music and cultures. Throughout our nation’s storied history, country music has always been a part of its social and cultural fabric. Audiences will feel a variety of emotions and will probably be tapping their feet in this “feel good” film that makes one proud of America’s accomplishments. This film traces the growth of country music as it mirrored key events in the social and political development of America, including the immigrant migration “melting pot” and the Great Depression, and more recent events such as the social upheaval of the 1960s and the unifying impact of September 11th. Narrated by Hal Holbrook, Country Music: The Spirit of America traces American history and the parallel evolution of country music using rare historical footage and spectacular large-format cinematography. Filming took place in US locations from the canyons of Utah, the mountains of Appalachia, the heart of Texas, the world-famous Grand Ole Opry stage and the historic Ryman Auditorium, to the deserts of California, as well as the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland. Featured artists include Alabama, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Charlie Daniels, Sara Evans, Radney Foster, Vince Gill, Eric Heatherly, Alan Jackson, Hal Ketchum, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dolly Parton, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood, and Dwight Yoakam, among others. No passes, member cards or vouchers, coupons or discounts may be used for screenings of this film. Holiday schedule: 6PM, January 1–January 5; intermittent performances through March, check the website for details: http://www.rhfleet.org/shows/country-music


Mysteries of the Unseen World—West Coast Premiere. A new giant screen film adventure takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small to be seen or simply invisible. The film's innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology result in larger-than-life images that are stunning to see on the 76-foot Heikoff Giant Dome Theater screen. From the powerful thread of a spider’s web to the slow-motion shatter and splatter of a dropped pitcher of milk, Mysteries of the Unseen World invites you to look at the world in a whole new way. Mysteries of the Unseen World is an original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures, narrated by Forest Whitaker. Created by an award-winning veteran film team, the new 40-minute large format experience is produced by Jini Dürr (Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure) and Lisa Truitt (Mysteries of Egypt), and directed by Louie Schwartzberg (Disneynature: Wings of Life). Mysteries of the Unseen World transports audiences to an enthralling secret world of nature, events and breathtaking phenomena not visible to the naked eye.


Coral Reef Adventure takes you on a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime journey across the South Pacific! Embark on the expedition with Del Mar’s own veteran underwater filmmakers and ocean explorers Howard and Michele Hall; as they explore and document some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered coral reefs, which may well become extinct within 30 years due to global warming, over-fishing, and pollution. From Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, to a coral reef-sustained village in Fiji, diving expeditions show a range of coral reefs, from a dazzling underwater world filled with unusual and exotic inhabitants, to vast stretches of bleached coral decline.  This tropical excursion will surprise and delight you as you fall in love with the reefs, and your heart will ache at the tragic, irretrievable loss of these fragile worlds.  Along the journey, hear directly from scientists who are working to save the reefs, and also meet Jean-Michel Costeau, son of the famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Directed by veteran filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, with music by Crosby Stills & Nash and narration from Liam Neeson. The Giant Screen Theater Association named it the best film achievement of 2003.


Adventures in Wild California illustrates how the beauty and majesty of the state’s many wild places help inspire California’s unique cultural and adventurous spirit. Wild California is a thrilling expedition to the leading edge of IMAX cinematography. Audiences will careen down an icy, steep face with snowboarders; swim through the ocean with otters and their surrogate human mother; excavate the very heart of a 300-foot tall Sequoia with botanists, and emerge from under the spray of one of California’s biggest, surfable waves. Profiled in Wild California are some of the state’s most passionate adventurers, including skysurfer Troy Hartman, captured on film by freefall cameraman Joe Jennings; snowboarder Bryan Iguchi; Sequoia tree scientist Dr. Stephen Sillett; Maverick’s surfer Jeff Clark; sea otter aquarist Sue Campbell; and bald eagle conservationist Peter Sharpe. Locals and tourists alike will find the majesty of the Golden State awe-inspiring. From making a daring aerial landing on a bald eagle’s next, to walking high above the waters of San Francisco Bay with ironworkers who perform upkeep on the Golden Gate Bridge, audiences will be transported to many of the state’s natural and man-made wonders on a virtual expedition. The heart-pounding imagery recreates an experience of California’s furthest edges few will ever have first-hand.




January 6––Senior Monday lecture: biologist Mario J. Mota on Ecology and Conservation of Sea Turtles and IMAX® film Amazing Journeys. There are only seven different species of sea turtles in the world and they are found in every ocean, except the poles. Their size ranges from a dinner plate to the size of a Volkswagen Beetle car. Some species are very threatened while others have populations that continue to grow. This presentation will describe each of the seven species, show maps of where they live, explain their complicated life cycles and talk about some strange and fascinating facts about sea turtles. Mario J. Mota is a sea turtle biologist, currently working at National University, who has travelled to many locations researching these amazing creatures, including Florida, Belize and Suriname. His research looks at how different issues, such as global warming and habitat destruction, impact sea turtles. The first Monday of the month, seniors 65+ enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a lecture and a Giant Dome Theater show at a discount! 10:30AM lecture, doors open at 9:30AM, 12PM theater show; Seniors $8, Adults $17.


January 19—IMAX® en Español presenta Fuerzas De La Naturaleza, Una cosa es contemplar el inmenso poder de la naturaleza, y otra es ser parte y experimentar por unos mismo estas fuerzas. Un impresionante espectáculo que muestra sorprendentes terremotos, volcanes y tormentas y el trabajo de varios científicos en sus misiones para entender cómo se desencadenan estos desastres naturales. La audiencia aprenderá lo qué se está haciendo para predecir estos eventos y que podemos hacer si nos encontramos – y como podemos minimizar sus efectos mortíferos –cara a cara con las fuerzas más destructivas de la tierra. Dirigida por el lugareño de San Diego, George Casey. . IMAX en Español te da la oportunidad para ti y toda la familia de disfrutar películas en Español, también contamos con audífonos sin costo adicional para quienes deseen escuchar el audio en Español de las películas que se presentan con el audio original en Ingles. Varias de nuestras exhibiciones tienen textos y explicaciones en Español. Domingo, 4PM. Precios (una película y entrada a las galerías): Miembros: Adultos $13, Adultos mayores $11, Niños $10, No miembros: Adultos $17, Mayores $15, Niños $14

January 19—IMAX® en Español presents Forces of Nature. It is one thing to contemplate the immense power of nature, another to experience these forces first-hand.  Forces of Nature showcases the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes and severe storms by following several scientists on their groundbreaking quests to understand how these natural disasters are triggered. Learn what is being done to predict and prepare for, and minimize the deadly effects of, Earth’s most destructive forces. San Diegan George Casey directs the film and his son, Sean, is the Director of Photography. IMAX en Español is an opportunity for you and your family to enjoy IMAX films in Spanish. Additionally, headsets are available free of charge for audiences to listen to available Spanish soundtracks when films with English soundtracks play. Many of our exhibits feature bilingual explanatory text. 4PM. Admission for one film and the Fleet’s exhibit galleries, which feature more than 100 hands-on exhibits for all ages, members: $13 for adults, seniors ages 65+.  $11, children $10; non-members: Adults $17, seniors $15, children $14.




Monday–Thursday:                                 10AM–5PM

First Wednesday of month:                     10AM–8PM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday:                       10AM–6PM


HOLIDAY HOURS:     (Thursday, December 26–Sunday, January 5)

Monday–Sunday:                                   10AM–7PM

Concert Films begin at 6PM & 7PM




                                                GALLERY ADMISSION (access to all eight exhibit galleries):

                                                Members free; nonmembers: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children $11


                                                GIANT DOME THEATER ADMISSION (1 film or 1 planetarium show + access

                                                           to all eight exhibit galleries):

                                                Members: Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children $10

                                Nonmembers: Adults $17, Seniors $15, Children $14


                                                The Sky Tonight” Live Planetarium Show ADMISSION

                                                Members: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children $10

                                Nonmembers: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Children $12


                                      Senior Monday ADMISSION: now $8 for seniors 65+


                                                Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION

                                                Members: Adults/Seniors/Children $9; nonmembers: Adults/Seniors/Children $10


                                                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


For a Full Schedule of Shows and Times:  http://www.rhfleet.org

For Members of the Media:

If you haven’t been to the Fleet lately, please join us to explore our galleries or see any of the IMAX® films or planetarium shows! Feature coverage, reviews, photo opportunities or hands-on demonstrations are all available whenever you like. 

As always, all of our upcoming events and exhibits are listed on our website at www.rhfleet.org , along with media photos, releases and downloadable video.  PLEASE if you and your family would like to come to the Fleet at any time, let me know when it is convenient for you, and I can leave passes at the will call window for you to enjoy this great San Diego institution!  We appreciate your continuing coverage.                             Susan




IMAX® Films & Planetarium Shows in the Fleet’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 films now begin at 4PM on the third Sunday of each month. In addition to providing an opportunity to enjoy IMAX films in Spanish, the time change will allow our visitors more time to enjoy the Fleet’s exhibit galleries, which feature more than 100 hands-on exhibits for all ages. Many of our exhibits feature bilingual explanatory text.  Additionally, 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.


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Celebrate the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40th Anniversary Year!

Forty years ago, a spark ignited our imaginations!  March 9, 2013, kicked off a year-long celebration of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and its 40 years of success in bringing hands-on science to our San Diego community. Forty years ago, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center opened its doors and brought interactive exhibits and the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater to San Diego. Today, the Fleet inspires minds and connects individuals to science and technology through more than 100 “do touch” exhibits for all ages and amazing IMAX films and planetarium shows in the recently renovated Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Enjoy our year-long celebration, featuring a blockbuster exhibition, incredible events and dynamic educational experiences.




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.