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The Fleet Science Center celebrates its 46th Anniversary with an IMAX® Film Festival

February 27, 2019

San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science Center is excited to celebrate 46 years of fantastic films with an IMAX® Film Festival. The festival will be hosted in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on March 9 and 10, 2019.

The IMAX® Film Festival is a rare opportunity to see rarely seen films in the world's first IMAX Dome Theater. The festival will showcase 16 films in the course of two days, with a different film running each hour, giving moviegoers a chance to enjoy past favorites or discover amazing films that they may have missed.

The Fleet's 46th Anniversary IMAX Film Festival schedule is as follows:

  • 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                  


Seating for each screening is limited. The Fleet recommends that visitors arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the film(s) of their choice to line up for theater admission.

For more information, please visit www.fleetscience.org/events/fleets-46th-anniversary-film-festival.  





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 www.fleetscience.org/shows.


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 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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