July 2018 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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June 29, 2018

The vibrant corals stretch along the Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s Eastern coast

Two clown fish live symbiotically among sea anemones

411 different known types of coral are the backbone of all life on the Great Barrier Reef.

Corals are the backbone of The Great Barrier Reef. Over 400 species exist on the reef, providing food, shelter, nurseries and more to the life that flourishes there. Photographer: Jemma Craig

Giant manta rays swim overhead. Reaching nearly 25 feet in wingspan, these majestic creatures filter feed about 60 pounds of plankton a day. Photographer: Jemma Craig

Founder of the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation center, Jennie Gilbert prepares a distressed turtle for a CT scan. Photographer: Christian Miller

The giant Maori Wrasse, Wally, is a popular character among divers on the Great Barrier Reef. Posing for photos in exchange for handfuls of sardines, he is the ultimate photobomber.

The Maori Wrasse is both a striking and unusual looking fish that both attracts divers and protects the environment by eating predators that attack the reef.

A Green Sea Turtle swims along the Great Barrier Reef – one of 6 species of turtle found on the reef.

Corals are the backbone of life along the Great Barrier Reef on the Eastern coast of Australia.

Attached please find the July 2018 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the Fleet Science Center's Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.


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

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




Great Barrier Reef.  New film opening Friday, July 6! This film captures the natural beauty of the world’s largest living wonder and introduces us to the visionaries and citizen scientists who are helping us better understand this awesome, vibrant living world. Narrated by acclaimed Australian actor Eric Bana, Great Barrier Reef brings audiences face-to-face with this natural cityscape. (45 mins.) Monday through Thursday at at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. Friday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. Please note: No 5 p.m. show on July 12. 


More at: www.fleetscience.org/shows/great-barrier-reef


An IMAX Original Film: PandasThis breathtaking documentary adventure is an amazing experience for the whole family. At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas in order to introduce cubs into the wild. Pandas follows a cross-culture collaboration between an American biologist, a scientist from inner Mongolia and a very curious female cub named Qian Qian. (42 mins.) Generously sponsored in part by The Hattie Ettinger Conservation Fund and the San Diego Foundation. (42 mins.) July 1-5 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. July 6—31: Daily at noon, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Please note: No 11 a.m. show on July 2 and no 6 p.m. show on July 12. 


More at: www.fleetscience.org/shows/pandas  


Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas. Experience being aboard a modern carrier at sea in the new giant-screen film, Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas. This film is screening in California exclusively at the Fleet Science Center, in the incredible Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant IMAX®Dome Theater. Aircraft Carrier is an immersive film packed with adrenaline-laced visuals and human stories. Featured in Aircraft Carrier are USS Ronald Reagan, a carrier based in San Diego from 2006 to 2015, now based in Japan, and the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which moved to San Diego in 2015. The film brings audiences not only aboard the carrier, but also inside the Navy's newest submarines and into the cockpit of the Navy's next-generation aircraft, the F-35. Aircraft Carrier pays stirring tribute to the crucial role modern aircraft carriers play in keeping the sea lanes open for commerce and maintaining the freedom of the seas. (42 mins.) Daily at 4 p.mPlease note: No showings on July 12. 


More at: www.fleetscience.org/shows/dream-big


IMAX: Hubble. Through July 5 only! Featuring stunning imagery of distant galaxies, planets and the birth of stars, Hubble showcases NASA's last mission to service one of history's most important observatories. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble offers an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope's legacy and highlights its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves. (44 mins.)  July 1 at noon, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. July 2-5 at noon & 2 p.m. Please note: No noon show on July 2. 


More at: www.fleetscience.org/shows/hubble




The Sky Tonight: Worlds of Star Wars

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. Did you know that we've discovered other solar systems? Some of these planets are in the habitable zones of their stars. Join us this month as we discuss the worlds in the Star Wars universe and if there is any evidence that similar worlds exist in our own solar system or around other stars. 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, junior $17.95. 

Wednesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. 


More at: www.fleetscience.org/events/sky-tonight




July 1: 

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

July 2-4:

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

July 5-31:

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

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

July 11:

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




The Fleet Admission (access to all exhibit galleries, plus 1 Giant Screen Film):

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


"The Sky Tonight" Live Planetarium Show admission

Members: Adults $19.95, Seniors $18.95, Juniors $17.95

Nonmembers: Adults $16.95, Seniors $15.95, Juniors $14.95


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

$8 for seniors 65+


Additional Film Voucher for Members: 



Free Tuesdays Show ADMISSION

Nonmembers: $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

Website: www.fleetscience.org



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 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.fleetscience.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 hosts school field trips, science workshops and educational camps. For adults, we offer events like Fleet Night of Science and community events, such as Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™. In the community, we also provide free neighborhood science events weekly through 52 Weeks of Science. 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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