Attached please find the SEPTEMBER 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



September 6–30, swim with Dolphins once again! Imagine you are a marine biologist working in the crystalline, turquoise waters of the Bahamas. Sunlight dances off the rippled, white sand banks. Swimming alongside you are some of the most graceful and extraordinary creatures on earth—wild dolphins. While few of us will ever have the chance to encounter a dolphin in the wild, you'll feel like you're in the water with these magnificent animals when you see Dolphins.


From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, Dolphins takes you on an underwater adventure with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins and the familiar bottlenose dolphin. While most of what we know about dolphins comes from studying them in captivity, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, Dr. Bernd Würsig and Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez conduct their research with dolphins in the wild, a far more strenuous, time-consuming, even dangerous endeavor. Employing innovative scientific methods and technology, they set out to learn more about how dolphins communicate and their foraging and social behaviors.


Featuring a soundtrack with music from Grammy Award®-winning singer and songwriter Sting, Dolphins will capture the imagination of audiences worldwide who will gain newfound respect for the ocean and the importance of scientific research to its preservation. Dolphins is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest member-supported conservation group, with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation and Museum Film Network.




In celebration of The Summer of YOU, the 40th ANNIVERSARY FAN FAVORITE FILM FESTIVAL continues through September 5! We brought back the nine best IMAX films of all time so that each week, all summer long, a top pick plays twice a day.* Films remaining include Coral Reef Adventure, Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West and Grand Canyon Adventure. Catch all your favorite IMAX® films in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center! We are also offering a Film Festival Fan Pack—5 tickets for $65 (for Festival films only, up to $20 in savings). Come back five times, or bring four friends to YOUR personal favorite—you decide! 

*In some cases, for instance, if we close early for a special event, a film may play only once during the day.



Film descriptions & start dates:

August 16–22—Coral Reef Adventure. Soar over the volcanic peaks of Tahiti, dive 350 feet to explore deep corals off the shore of Fiji and swim among hundreds of sharks in the canyons of the Rangiroa atoll.


August 23–29—Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West. The journey that shaped a nation is re-created in this film, which depicts the great hardships and incredible scenery the explorers encountered.


August 30–September 5—Grand Canyon Adventure. Travel deep into the Grand Canyon on a 15-day river-rafting trip.  Your pulse will quicken as you join this thrilling ride downriver through raging rapids and breathtaking canyons.




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.


The Sky Tonight: Constellations of the Southern Sky. Did you know that there are constellations that cannot be seen from San Diego? Some constellations can only be seen from the southern hemisphere of the Earth. Join us in September to learn about the constellations of the southern 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 separate event held on the first Wednesday of each month. September 4––7PM & 8:15PM




Rocky Mountain Express—All aboard for the ultimate in romantic railway travel. Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. Spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive immerse audiences in this remarkable story form the age of steam. Rocky Mountain Express received top honours for Best Film in a first-ever tie with To the Arctic and was awarded Best Film Short Subject and Best Cinematography by the Giant Screen Cinema Association at their 2012 annual conference.


Flight of the Butterflies—The 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.


To The Arctic—Take an extraordinary, never-before-experienced journey to the top of the world, and experience the ultimate tale of survival. Follow the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. This is a captivating, adventurous, and intimate view of their struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls and majestic snow-bound peaks. Narrated by two-time Academy Award®-winner Meryl Streep. Runs through September 3 ONLY. Please note that it IS the IMAX en Espanol show on September 15.




No Senior Monday lecture September 2, due to Labor Day holiday; normal film schedule


IMAX® en Español––To the Arctic. Un viaje extraordinario a la cima del mundo, To The Arctic es el cuento supremo de supervivencia. La pelicúla lleva audiencias a un viaje nunca experienciado en las vidas de una osa blanca y sus dos cachorros de siete meses de edad, mientras navegan por los cambios del ártico un lugar que ellos llaman hogar. En esta presentación  de IMAX en español. IMAX en Español es una oportunidad para usted y su familia que disfruten las películas IMAX en español cada tercer domingo del mes. Adicionalmente audífonos sin costo para quienes deseen escuchar el audio en español siempre están disponibles para las películas que se presentan con el audio original en Ingles. El costo de admisión para las películas incluye acceso a todo el museo Fleet y las más de 100 exhibiciones científicas  a la mano de todas edades. Varias de nuestras exhibiciones ofrecen explicaciones en español. September 15—4PM

IMAX® en Español––To the Arctic. 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. September 15—4PM.



Film Press Releases & Electronic Press Kits for all presentations can be found at:

Hi Res images from the films:


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; Click on sign in; Use the email:; Use the password pr1973media; Go to the "RHF Public Relations" folder; download at will!



SUMMER HOURS:      Daily through Labor Day

                                                Monday–Sunday:                         10AM–6PM

Tinkering Studio hours:            12noon–5PM


REGULAR HOURS: (beginning September 3)

Monday–Thursday:                     10AM–5PM

First Wednesday of month:    10AM–8PM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday:       10AM–6PM

Tinkering Studio hours:            12noon–5PM


NEW 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

                                                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



For a Full Schedule of Shows and Times:


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 , 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


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.


About the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (“the Fleet”) is home to Southern California’s only Giant Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, featuring the world’s first NanoSeam™ Dome screen. The Fleet is the first Giant Dome Screen Theater in the country to share a digital planetarium with an IMAX® Dome theater, following the recent installation of a new, state-of-the-art, giant dome screen digital GSX™ system from Global Immersion, which augments the existing IMAX projector in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater with one of the most comprehensive and powerful full-dome experiences available today. Experience eight galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. A hurricane simulator thrills visitors with gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in Galileo’s Café. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store. Located at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd, the Fleet Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. For information regarding current admission prices, please call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at

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