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OCTOBER 2013 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

Born To Be Wild and Deep Sea to Return in October!

September 20, 2013

Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo

Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo
Deep Sea poster

Deep Sea poster
Born To Be Wild logo

Born To Be Wild logo

A pair of monarchs rests on a wildflower.

Monarchs fill the sky, providing a breathtaking view.

Closeup of monarch butterfly

Stephanie Sigmen as Catalina Aguado & Shaun Benson as Ken Brugger Photo Credit: "Courtesy of SK Films"

Closeup of monarchs drinking

Closeup of monarch caterpillar

Patricia Phillips & Gordon Pinsent as Norah & Fred Urquhart

Monarch butterfly cluster

Butterfly haven

Enchanted butterfly forest

Monarch butterflies resting on tree trunk

Closeup of monarchs.

A single monarch takes flight off a milkweed leaf.

A lone monarch butterfly emerges from its chrysalis under a picnic table in Toronto.

A single monarch lands on a bluebonnet on location in Texas.

The sun briefly awakens the roosting monarchs from their fir-tree perches to take a drink.

Monarch butterflies gathering in the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in Mexico.

A single monarch rests on milkweed, a plant it needs to survive. It exclusively lays its eggs on milkweed, the caterpillars immediately eat its leaves to fatten up quickly and adults drink its nectar, along with nectar of other plants.


Attached please find the OCTOBER 2013 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the

Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.




For a Full Schedule of Shows and Times:     Daily Schedule



Born To Be Wild––An inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals; documenting orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and

raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time. This heartwarming adventure transports  moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. Narrated by Academy-Award® winner Morgan Freeman. Begins October 1


Deep Sea––Embark on a gorgeous underwater expedition with Del Mar’s own veteran underwater filmmakers and ocean explorers Howard and Michele Hall. You will be transported below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, from the unusual Wolf Eel to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Moviegoers come face to face with these underwater inhabitants to witness their peculiar and amazing behavior as they rely on one another for survival. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with an original score by Danny Elfman.  Begins October 1



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. Cosmic Collisions is playing in conjunction with the arrival of two new comets making appearances in the sky during 2013.


October 2––The Sky Tonight: Moons of the Solar System. Did you know that there are moons of the solar system that have atmospheres? Geysers? Subsurface oceans of water? The planetary satellites of the solar system are interesting worlds in their own right. Join us in October as we explore our own Moon and other moons of the solar system. 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 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 separate event held on the first Wednesday of each month. 7PM & 8:15PM



Rocky Mountain Express—Closes September 30.


Flight of the ButterfliesThe iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. It weighs less than a penny, yet it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been. In Flight of the Butterflies, you’ll join the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey while following an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, an award-winning production team, a true scientific mystery, and hundreds of millions of real butterflies, Flight of the Butterflies soars on the giant IMAX® Dome screen.



October 7–– Senior Monday lecture on Deep Sea Challenge; lecture begins at 10:30AM, with IMAX film Deep Sea at 12noon (New time, Fleet location & price) On March 26, 2012, James Cameron (National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence) became the first person in history to reach the Earth's deepest known point as a solo pilot, successfully piloting the DeepSea Challenger nearly 36,000 feet to the Mariana Trench. The dive was part of the DeepSea Challenge Expedition, a series of dives to investigate the New Britain and Mariana Trenches. Bruce Sutphen will give a brief overview of the technical elements, fabrication, assembly and operation of the DeepSea Challenger submersible. San Diegan Sutphen has 25 years in scaled modeling and technical project management, including composite, design, fabrication, hydrodynamic stabilization and subsea robotic programs. As U.S. Project Manager for DeepSea Challenge, his responsibilities ranged from running the scaled-model vehicle dynamic stability testing to managing the U.S. composite development, Lower Pod robotics fabrication, including the Lander Systems. He was also a member of the DeepSea Challenge Expedition Team in the successful dives to the Mariana and New Britain Trench. The first Monday of the month, seniors 65+ enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a lecture and a Giant Dome Theater show at a discount! Please Note new time & price: 10:30AM lecture; 12PM theater show; $8-Seniors; $17-Adults


October 20—IMAX® en Español––EL VUELO DE LA MONARCA. La película muestra la historia que a lo largo de 40 años llevó al descubrimiento, en 1975, de los santuarios de la mariposa Monarca en los bosques de México, tras un recorrido de miles de kilómetros desde Canadá y Estados Unidos. Basado en una historia real, la película épica sumerge a los espectadores en un viaje triunfal que muestra la perseverancia que abarca miles de kilómetros y varias generaciones. La audiencia se unirá a los científicos en el seguimiento de las mariposas monarca a su refugio de invierno en México, en un lugar misterioso con paisajes y una vista espectaculares: cientos de millones de mariposas vivas en uno de los lugares más increíbles del planeta Tierra! 4PM

IMAX® en Español––Flight of the Butterflies. IMAX en Español is an opportunity for you and your family to enjoy IMAX films in Spanish. Additionally, headsets are always available free of charge for audiences to listen to available Spanish soundtracks when films with English soundtracks play. Admission includes one film and the Fleet’s exhibit galleries, which feature more than 100 hands-on exhibits for all ages. Many of our exhibits feature bilingual explanatory text. 4PM.



Film Press Releases & Electronic Press Kits for all presentations can be found at: http://www.rhfleet.org/press-room

Hi Res images from the films: http://www.rhfleet.org/press-room/images


Video B-Roll of our IMAX films, digital shows, exhibitions and galleries is available on a media DropBox! If you would like unlimited access, let Susan know and we will send you an invitation to register so you can download what you need anytime! To take a look: Go to http://www.dropbox.com; Click on sign in; Use the email: reubenfleet@gmail.com; Use the password pr1973media; Go to the "RHF Public Relations" folder; download at will!




Monday–Thursday:                                     10AM–5PM

First Wednesday of month:                    10AM–8PM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday:                       10AM–6PM


FLEET PRICES, applicable as of JULY 1, 2013:


                                                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


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 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 GSX™ 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. Currently, these include Flight of the Butterflies and Cosmic Collisions.


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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.

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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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