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January 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

December 23, 2014

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


Hidden Universe. This giant IMAX adventure takes audiences on an extraordinary journey deep into space. Through IMAX cinematography, the deepest reaches of our universe are brought to life with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes—seen on-screen for the first time. Stunning, high-resolution images of space allow moviegoers to explore the earliest galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, tour the surface of Mars and witness images of distant celestial structures, including stunning views of the Sun. These dramatic images offer fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the universe. Monday through Thursday, 1PM and 4PM. Friday, 1PM, 4PM and 6PM. Saturday and Sunday, 1PM and 6PM. (Please note: Jan 1 & 2: 1PM and 6PM. Jan 16 & 17: 1PM and 4PM. Jan 19: 1PM only. Jan 24, 25 & 31: 1PM, 4PM and 6PM.)

Journey to the South Pacific. Set sail on a breathtaking IMAX® adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he leads a journey of discovery to this magical place. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on Earth, including enormous whale sharks, sea turtles and manta rays. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett. Monday through Friday, 2PM and 5PM. Saturday and Sunday, 11AM, 2PM and 5PM. (Please Note: Jan 1–4, 10, 11, 18 & 19: 11AM and 2PM. Jan 6: 11AM, 2PM and 5PM.)

Born to be Wild. Experience an inspiring story of love and dedication and the amazing bond between humans and animals in the new IMAX® film Born to be Wild. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman, this film follows the lives of orphaned orangutans and elephants, from birth to their rebirth into the wild. 40 minutes. (2011) Daily, 12PM and 3PM. (Please note: Jan 1–4, 10, 11, 18 & 19: 12PM only. Jan 5: 3PM only.)

IMAX Admission Rates: Adults $17.95, seniors $15.95, children $14.95. Includes admission to Fleet exhibit galleries.


The Sky Tonight: Wonders of the Deep Sky. The entire sky is populated with objects too faint or far away to see with the unaided eye. These include star clusters, supernova remnants and galaxies outside our own. With the help of telescopes we can witness these celestial beauties. Join us to learn more about the wonders of the deep sky. Our 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. The San Diego County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park, weather and operational requirements permitting. Wednesday, January 7, 7PM & 8:15PM. Adults $14.95, seniors $13.95, children $12.95.

Perception: See Beyond the Illusion. Final Days! Jason Latimer, the World Champion of Magic, presents his one-of-a-kind show live in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Latimer combines magic and science to create mind-blowing effects. Audiences’ jaws will drop as he shapes water, bends light, walks through solid objects, manipulates gravity-defying liquids and performs countless other illusions, all rooted in applied science. Come see it now. The last show is January 19. Saturday, Sunday and holidays thru January 19. Sat & Sun, 3:30PM and 4:30PM. (Please Note: Additional shows—Jan 1, 2 & 19: 3:30PM & 4:30PM. No shows—Jan 17, 24, 25 & 31) Adults $23.95, seniors $21.95, children $20.95. Rates includes admission to Fleet exhibit galleries.


Monday through Thursday:         10AM–5PM
Friday through Sunday:                10AM–6PM
First Wednesday of month:         10AM–8:15PM


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

Members: Adults $12.55, Seniors $11.15, Children $10.45
Nonmembers: Adults $17.95, Seniors $15.95, Children $14.95

The Fleet Perception Experience: Saturday, Sunday and holidays thru 1/19/15 (access to all eight exhibit galleries, plus the Live Illusionist Show):

Members: Adults $17.05, Seniors $15.65, Children $14.95
Nonmembers: Adults $23.95, Seniors $21.95, Children $20.95

The Full Fleet Experience: Saturday, Sunday and holidays thru 1/19/15  (access to all eight exhibit galleries, 1 IMAX Film and the Live Illusionist Show):

Members: Adults $20.55, Seniors $19.15, Children $18.45
Nonmembers: Adults $28.95, Seniors $26.95, Children $25.95

“The Sky Tonight” Live Planetarium Show admission

Members: Adults $12.95, Seniors $11.95, Children $10.95
Nonmembers: Adults $14.95, Seniors $13.95, Children $12.95

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

Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION

Members: Adults $11.90, Seniors $10.50, Children $9.80;
Nonmembers: Adults $13.60, Seniors $12, Children $11.20

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.