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April 2014 Schedule for IMAX® Films and Planetarium Shows in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

March 25, 2014

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

PLANETARIUM SHOWS:

APRIL 2—The Sky Tonight: Back to the Moon. The Moon is our closest celestial companion. You are familiar with its appearance in the sky, but we've also studied the Moon by sending spacecraft there. Join us this month to learn more about the past and ongoing exploration of the Moon. Our popular monthly live planetarium show of the San Diego sky reaches a new level of stunning full-color visuals and incredibly realistic simulations of cosmic phenomena with our state-of-the-art digital projection system. A professional astronomer leads backyard stargazers through the universe. The San Diego County Astronomy Association provides free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park, weather and operational requirements permitting. 7PM & 8:15PM

IMAX FILMS:

Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk. As new scientific studies forecast water shortages in the Western U.S. and around the world, Grand Canyon Adventure explores the issues, presents real solutions and delivers an uplifting message of hope for future generations, showing how ordinary people can make a difference for our parched planet. Set in the Grand Canyon on the iconic Colorado River, a team of explorers is about to embark on an exhilarating river-rafting adventure to bring attention to the most pressing environmental story of our time -- the world's growing shortage of fresh water. World-renowned river advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and celebrated author/anthropologist/explorer Wade Davis -- each accompanied by their daughters -- are guided by Shana Watahomigie, a Native American of the Havasupai tribe and the first member of her tribe to become a National Park Ranger and river guide. Narrated by Academy Award® winner and noted environmentalist Robert Redford, and featuring songs and music by GRAMMY Award-winning group, Dave Matthews Band. (Showing daily in April.)

Journey to the South Pacific. Set sail on a breathtaking IMAX® adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he leads a journey of discovery to this magical place. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on Earth, including enormous whale sharks, sea turtles and manta rays. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett. (Showing daily in April.)

Mysteries of the Unseen World. A new giant screen film adventure takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small to be seen or simply invisible. The film's innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology result in larger-than-life images that are stunning to see on the 76-foot Heikoff Giant Dome Theater screen. From the powerful thread of a spider’s web to the slow-motion shatter and splatter of a dropped pitcher of milk, Mysteries of the Unseen World invites you to look at the world in a whole new way. Mysteries of the Unseen World is an original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures, narrated by Forest Whitaker. Created by an award-winning veteran film team, the new 40-minute large format experience is produced by Jini Dürr (Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure) and Lisa Truitt (Mysteries of Egypt), and directed by Louie Schwartzberg (Disneynature: Wings of Life). Mysteries of the Unseen World transports audiences to an enthralling secret world of nature, events and breathtaking phenomena not visible to the naked eye. (Showing daily in April.)

Two Nights Only! Rolling Stones at the Max features the band performing during their highly acclaimed Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour. The Stones’ electrifying performance includes classics like “Satisfaction” and “Brown Sugar,” as well as “Rock & A Hard Place” and “Start Me Up.” Recorded in Europe and shot on location in Turin, Berlin and London, Rolling Stones at the Max sees the band making history once again. This stunning concert loses none of its power or clarity in the IMAX format and features some of the band’s greatest hits from the preceding three decades. This is a 90-minute film that will be shown with a 15-minute intermission. (Screening on Friday, April 4, and Sunday, April 6 -- final show April 6.)

FILM-RELATED EVENTS:

APRIL 7––Senior Monday: Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs. This film follows researchers and explorers as they piece together the archaeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. These relics of the past create a window into the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs. In addition to increasing our understanding of the culture, religion, medicine and daily life thousands of years ago, scientists today are reconstructing mummy DNA and deciphering ancient texts to gain insight into modern human genetics and advance medical treatments. To unwrap the secrets of the pharaohs is to perhaps glimpse the future of our own civilization.

Prior to the film, enjoy a lecture by Cindy Stankowski on 10,000 Years: The Archaeological History of San Diego. San Diego is blessed with abundant natural and cultural resources. More than 23,000 archaeological sites have been discovered in San Diego County. These sites contain the material culture of people who have lived in the region for more than 10,000 years. This presentation will discuss the changes in artifacts and lifestyles of the ancient people who called San Diego home.  

The first Monday of the month, seniors 65+ enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a lecture and a Heikoff Giant Dome Theater show at a discount! Doors open at 9:30AM; lecture begins at 10:30AM, with film at noon; seniors $8, adults $17.

APRIL 13—IMAX® en Español: Journey to the South Pacific (Travesía Al Pacífico Sur). En el mes de abril, IMAX en Español se complace en presentar la nueva película Journey to the South Pacific (Travesía Al Pacífico Sur), el domingo 13 de abril a las 5PM. Los visitantes podran explorar las galerías de exhibición antes o después de la película (el centro de la ciencia mantiene sus puertas abiertas hasta las 7PM del 13 de abril).

Journey to the South Pacific (Travesía Al Pacífico Sur) transporta a los espectadores a una aventura completamente nueva en IMAX® por las exuberantes islas tropicales de la remota Papúa Occidental, donde la exótica vida marina florece. Tiburones ballena, tortugas marinas, mantarrayas y otras excepcionales criaturas se desarrollan en el ecosistema marino más diverso del planeta. Acompañe a un niño de la isla en un viaje de descubrimiento mientras nada con el tiburón más grande del mundo y experimenta lo que significa vivir en armonía con este planeta al que llamamos hogar.

IMAX en Español te da la oportunidad para ti y toda la familia de disfrutar películas en Español, también contamos con audífonos sin costo adicional para quienes deseen escuchar el audio en Español de las películas que se presentan con el audio original en Ingles. Varias de nuestras exhibiciones tienen textos y explicaciones en Español. Domingo, 5PM. Precios (una película y entrada a las galerías): Adultos $17, Mayores $15, Niños $14.

APRIL 13—IMAX® en Español: Journey to the South Pacific. In April, IMAX en Español will be held on a special date at a special time! See the new film Journey to the South Pacific on Sunday, April 13, at 5PM. Visitors are welcome to explore the exhibit galleries before the film (the science center closes at 7PM on this day).

Set sail on a breathtaking IMAX® adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he leads a journey of discovery to this magical place. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on Earth, including enormous whale sharks, sea turtles and manta rays. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.

IMAX en Español is an opportunity for you and your family to enjoy IMAX films in Spanish. Additionally, headsets are available free of charge for audiences to listen to available Spanish soundtracks when films with English soundtracks play. Many of our exhibits feature bilingual explanatory text. Sunday, 5PM. Giant Dome Theater Admission (1 film + access to all eight exhibit galleries): Adults $17, Seniors $15, Children $14. Members save 30%.

APRIL 23—Dome Discussion with Steve Wood. Composer Steve Wood has been scoring films with Greg MacGillivray for MacGillivray Freeman Films for more than four decades and has worked on numerous IMAX® films, including Dolphins, Everest and the latest IMAX adventure, Journey to the South Pacific. Hear Wood speak about his storied career and his creative process for enhancing films with music. After the discussion, enjoy a screening of the IMAX film, Journey to the South Pacific. Regular admission prices for exhibit galleries + 1 film apply. This is a special event. No passes, member cards or vouchers, coupons or discounts may be used for this event. 7–9 PM.

REGULAR HOURS:

Monday–Thursday:                 10AM–5PM

First Wednesday of month:      10AM–8PM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday:        10AM–6PM

SPRING BREAK HOURS (March 28–April 20)

Daily*                 10AM–7PM

(*Will be closing earlier on April 5, 9 and 10 due to special events)

FLEET PRICES:
 
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):
Nonmembers: Adults $17, Seniors $15, Children $14
Members: 30% off.
 
“The Sky Tonight” Live Planetarium Show ADMISSION
Members: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children $10
Nonmembers: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Children $12

Senior Monday ADMISSION: $8 for seniors 65+

PUBLIC CONTACT INFORMATION:
Phone: (619) 238-1233
Address: 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Website: www.rhfleet.org

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

IMAX® Films & Planetarium Shows in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 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 NanoSeam(TM) 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.

Captioning
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.
 
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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 www.rhfleet.org.

 

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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 Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, which reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations. Our theater is extraordinary in many ways. It is the world's first IMAX® Dome Theater, the world's first NanoSeam™ Dome screen in an IMAX theater, and 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. 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 nonprofit 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 www.rhfleet.org.