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March 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

February 26, 2015

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


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. Opens 3/27. Monday through Friday at 12PM, 2PM, 4PM. Saturday and Sunday at 12PM and 2PM. (Please note: 3/30 and 3/31, 12PM and 2PM)

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. 3/1–3 /13, Monday through Thursday at 12PM, 2PM, 4PM; Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, and 6PM. 3/14–3/26, Monday through Thursday at 12PM, 2PM, 4PM; Friday at 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, and 6PM; Saturday and Sunday at 12PM, 2PM, 6PM. 3/27–3/31, Daily at 11AM, 1PM and 6PM (Please note: 3/2, 2PM, 4PM; 3/27, 1PM and 5PM).

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. Playing 3/1–3/26.  Monday through Sunday at 1PM and 5PM. (Please note: 3/14, 3/15, 3/21 and 3/22, 1PM only)

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. Playing 3/1–3/27. Monday through Friday at 3PM. Saturday and Sunday at 11AM, (Please note: 3/3 and 3/7, 11AM & 3PM).

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


The Sky Tonight: NASA’s Great Observatories. To the naked eye, the night sky is a collection of stars and planets scattered across a deep black canvas. But the sky looks different using telescopes to observe multiple regions of the wavelength spectrum. NASA’s Great Observatories were designed to show us the universe in optical, infrared, x-rays and gamma rays. Join us this month to learn more about the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the other Great Observatories helping us learn about the night sky. San Diego County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park, weather and operational requirements permitting. Wednesday, March 4, 7PM & 8:15PM. Adults $14.95, seniors $13.95, children $12.95.

Perception: See Beyond the Illusion. We’re bringing it back! 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. Adults $23.95, seniors $21.95, children $20.95. Rates includes admission to Fleet exhibit galleries. Re-opens March 14. 3/14–3/29: Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30PM & 4:30PM. Additional shows: 3/30 and 3/31, 3:30PM & 4:30PM.


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 (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 (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.