March 2019 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the Fleet Science Center's Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

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Full Schedule as a PDF is available in the Fleet Media Dropbox


Superpower Dogs. New Film! Experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most remarkable dogs. From Ricochet the surfing dog and Reef the water rescue dog to Henry the avalanche rescue dog and Tony & Tipper the endangered species protection dogs, the astonishing science behind these amazing abilities will ensure that we never look at our best friends the same way again! Generously sponsored and presented locally by The Shiley Foundation. March 15-31: Monday–Thursday at noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Friday–Saturday at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. Please note: Additional 6 p.m. shows March 25-28.

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Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation. Dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a lava lake in Vanuatu, visit the ghost town of Pompeii and witness the devastating effects of the recent Kilauea eruption in Hawaii. Generously sponsored and presented locally by The Shiley Foundation. (42 mins.) March 1-8: Daily at noon & 5 p.m. March 11-14: Daily at noon, 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. March 15-31: Daily at 3 p.m. Please note: No noon show on March 4. No shows March 9 & 10. Additional 7 p.m. shows March 23-28.

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Great Barrier Reef. Dive in and discover Great Barrier Reef! Come on an unforgettable adventure with sea turtles and manta rays, witness the birth of baby seahorses and discover the exotic splendor of fluorescent corals at night. Narrated by Australian actor Eric Bana. (45 mins.) March 1–14: Monday–Thursday at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Friday–Sunday at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. March 15–31: Monday–Friday at 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Saturday–Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Please note: No shows March 9–10.  No 11 a.m. show March 23. Additional 11 a.m. shows March 25-29.

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An IMAX Original Film: PandasPandas follows a collaboration between an American biologist, a scientist from inner Mongolia and a very curious female cub named Qian Qian in their journey to protect the species. (42 mins.) Generously sponsored in part by The Hattie Ettinger Conservation Fund and the San Diego Foundation. (42 mins.) Monday–Friday at 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Please note: Additional 11 a.m. show March 5. No shows March 9 & 10. 

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Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how we think about engineering. From the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. The film shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world's largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. Dream Big is a MacGillivray Freeman film in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers, presented by Bechtel Corporation and sponsored locally by The Shiley Foundation. (42 mins.) March 1–9: Daily at 3 p.m.

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IMAX Film Festival

Celebrate the Fleet's 46th Anniversary with a weekend-long IMAX Film Festival! Fleet favorites and giant-screen classics will screen every hour, on the hour, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. Catch one film or max out with multiple screenings.

Saturday, March 9        

11 a.m.        Born to Be Wild

Noon            Ring of Fire

1 p.m.          Dream Big: Engineering Our World

2 p.m.          Adventures in Wild California

3 p.m.          Everest

4 p.m.          Journey Into Amazing Caves

5 p.m.          Dolphins

6 p.m.          A Beautiful Planet

Sunday, March 10

11 a.m.        Deep Sea

Noon            National Parks Adventure

1 p.m.          To the Arctic

2 p.m.          Hubble

3 p.m.          Mystery of the Nile

4 p.m.          Flight of the Butterflies

5 p.m.          Cosmic Voyage

6 p.m.          Africa: The Serengeti   



The Sky Tonight: Ice Giants 

Get up close to the wonders of our universe with planetarium shows on the first Wednesday of every month. Our astronomer will take you on a journey through the cosmos and guide you into the depths of space. The planets Uranus and Neptune have only been visited once by spacecraft. We still have much to learn about these lovely worlds and their moons. Join us to learn about the solar system’s ice giants. The San Diego County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park, weather and operational requirements permitting.

Adults $19.95, seniors $18.95, children $17.95. 

Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. 

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March Hours:

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

March 6: 10 a.m.-8:15 p.m.

Please note: The Fleet will have extended hours, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., March 23–28.




The Fleet Admission (access to all exhibit galleries, plus one IMAX Film):

Nonmembers: Adults $21.95, Seniors $19.95, Children $18.95


"The Sky Tonight" Live Planetarium Show admission

Members: Adults $16.95, Seniors $15.95, Children $14.95

Nonmembers: Adults $21.95, Seniors $19.95, Children $18.95


Senior Monday (first Monday of the month, excluding holidays):

$8 for seniors 65+


Additional Film Voucher for Members: 



Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION

$9.95 for qualifying San Diego residents.


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




IMAX® Films & Planetarium Shows in the Fleet Science Center's Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The 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 Giant 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


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.