Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to open newly renovated Space Theater

November 24, 2008 – 12:38 pm

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 24, 2008 – After three and a half months of extensive renovations and technology upgrades, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center plans to reopen its Space Theater on Saturday, December 13, 2008, with three new IMAX films showing daily on the 76-foot tilted dome screen. Audiences will witness an astonishing underwater phenomenon in WILD OCEAN, discover the inspiration behind the canvas in VAN GOGH: Brush with Genius, and delight to a whimsical world of amazing animals in ANIMALOPOLIS.

Visitors to the newly-renovated Space Theater — which functions both as an IMAX Dome Theater and a planetarium — will enjoy dramatically improved sights, sounds and experiences. Large-format films will burst off the screen with unprecedented color and contrast, thanks to the installation of the world’s first NanoSeam™ Dome in an IMAX Theater. Manufactured by Spitz, Inc. and offering the smoothest, most uniform dome surface available, the new NanoSeam screen appears completely seamless under projection. Additionally, a new lens on the IMAX projector transmits more light and produces greater clarity across the entire image field.

From symphonic scores to dinosaur roars, improved audio quality inside the Space Theater will send chills down spines with the installation of a new 16,000-watt digital surround sound system. New seats and carpeting will enhance visitors’ comfort and enjoyment of IMAX film presentations inside the theater.

The Space Theater renovation is a major component of the Fleet Science Center’s $20 million capital campaign, “Creating Possibilities, Inspiring Tomorrow,” which is also providing invaluable financial support for expanded education programs and facilities, new hands-on science exhibitions and greater long-term financial security by strengthening the organization’s endowment.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (“the Fleet”) is home to Southern California’s only IMAX® Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films in the newly-renovated Space Theater, featuring the world’s first NanoSeam Dome screen in an IMAX Theater. Experience seven galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. A 23-passenger Motion Simulator Ride thrills visitors with journeys into exciting realms. 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 Web site at

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