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See Cherished Films From our Archives At The Fleet’s 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival!

Fleet Fans Have Spoken, the Results are In—Nine Favorite Films, One a Week, Twice a Day, Festival Runs Friday, July 5 through September 5 in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater! Celebrate the Summer of YOU!

June 17, 2013

San Diego, CA—June 17, 2013—We often hear comments from our patrons that they wish this amazing adventure film or that exploration of the wild could be brought back again so they could share them with friends and family who may not have caught the original run.  Now’s your chance! The powers-that-be at the Fleet decided to give the people what they want, so we sent out surveys, polled our Facebook friends, and are now ready with the results of the voting for the 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival! Catch all your favorite IMAX® films this summer in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, starting July 5!


We received 569 surveys that selected the top three favorites from a list of 16 possible films (plus write-ins). The top nine vote-earners will be featured in The Fleet’s 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival. One film will play twice a day* each week, Friday through Thursday, from July 5 through September 5.


The films will screen in the following order: Hubble, Yellowstone, Dolphins, Adventures in Wild California, Mysteries of Egypt, Everest, Coral Reef Adventure, Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West, and Grand Canyon Adventure. We will also be showing current IMAX favorites  Flight of the Butterflies and To the Arctic this summer, in addition to the planetarium show Cosmic Collisions and Rocky Mountain Express.


We can also share our summer/early fall schedule for IMAX en Español, the third Sunday of each month at 4PM.: July 21 will launch into space with Hubble; August 18 takes you along with Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West; and September 14 introduces you to the adorable polar bear family in To the Arctic.


Film descriptions:

July 5—Hubble. This film features stunning imagery of distant galaxies, the birth of stars and planets, plus NASA's last mission to service one of history's most important observatories.


July 12—Yellowstone. This film showcases the spectacular beauty, dramatic geothermal activity and wildlife unique to this region, from sunrise over the Grand Tetons to a trip inside Old Faithful.


July 19—Dolphins. Take the plunge with dolphins, from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, in this Academy Award-nominated film.


July 26—Adventures in Wild California. Get wild in the Golden State with acrobatic snowboarders, affable otters, aerobatic skysurfers, adventurous botanists and adrenaline-pumping surfers.


August 1—Mysteries of Egypt. Set against the wondrous backdrop of the sweeping Nile and the majestic Giza pyramids, this film takes you on an engaging journey through the Land of the Pharaohs.


August 9—Everest. The dramatic true story of a team of climbers who found hope, strength and triumph in the wake of tragedy on the world’s highest mountain.


August 16—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—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—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.


This film festival schedule guarantees lots of reel changes for the projectionists—and a chance to catch up on a film or two that you may have missed! Regular pricing for festival films will apply, but we’re exploring offering voucher packs for multiple festival films and a potential discount on add-ons for festival films only.

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


The 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival runs from July 5 through September 5, 2013. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Giant Dome Theater is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Giant Dome Theater show admission (1 film + access to all exhibit galleries): Adults $15.75; Children $12.75; Seniors $12.75. The Fleet’s summer hours will be 10AM–6PM daily. Between now and July 5, normal hours are Monday–Thursday 10AM–5PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM–7PM and Sunday 10AM–6PM. For information on tickets and showtimes, call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at http://www.rhfleet.org/shows.



Here are more details of what to expect in July in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center:


For a Full Schedule of Giant Dome Theater Shows and Times http://www.rhfleet.org/shows


Planetarium Shows:

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.


JULY 3—The Sky Tonight: To Boldly Go! Exploration of the Solar System––For decades, humans have explored the solar system with manned and unmanned spacecraft. From stepping foot on the Moon to flying through the rings of Saturn, our spacecraft have boldly explored the solar system. In this month of Comic-Con and the 44th anniversary of the first moon landing, join us to celebrate the exploration of space. 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. 7PM & 8:15PM; $12 for nonmembers; $10 for members


IMAX Films:

Rocky Mountain Express—All aboard for the ultimate in adventurous 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 honors 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 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.


To The ArcticTake 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.


Film-Related Events:

JULY 1—Senior Monday lecture by JPL/NASA Solar Ambassador Jerry Hillburn on “Juno Mission to Jupiter” + planetarium show Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity. A NASA New Frontiers mission, the spacecraft is to be placed in a polar orbit to study the planet's composition, gravity field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere. It will search for clues about how Jupiter formed and study Jupiter's deep 384 mph winds. Hilburn is an active member in the SDAA and parent of two budding scientists––the most important message we can send is that there is great opportunity in the future of space exploration, and to prepare now. The first Monday of the month, seniors 65+ enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a lecture and a Giant Dome Theater show at a discount! 12:30PM lecture; 2PM theater show; $7-


JULY 22—IMAX en Español––Hubble. Stunning imagery of distant galaxies, the birth of stars and planets, plus NASA's last mission to service one of history's most important observatories. 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. $15.75/adults $12.75/children 


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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.





If you would like complimentary tickets to see any IMAX film or Digital show or visit the exhibitions, please contact Susan Chicoine directly at schicoine@rhfleet.org/619 685-5743/619 325-9416.  Let me know what date and how many, and I will leave passes for you at the will call window.





If you would like complimentary tickets to see any IMAX film or Digital show or visit the exhibitions, please contact Susan Chicoine directly at schicoine@rhfleet.org/619 685-5743/619 325-9416.  Let me know what date and how many, and I will leave passes for you at the will call window.




If you would like complimentary tickets to see any IMAX film or Digital show or visit the exhibitions, please contact Susan Chicoine directly at schicoine@rhfleet.org/619 685-5743/619 325-9416.  Let me know what date and how many, and I will leave passes for you at the will call window.


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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