For Educators: Heikoff Giant Dome Theater Shows
Featuring a virtually seamless, 76-foot, tilted Nanoseam™ dome screen, the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater functions both as Southern California’s only IMAX® Dome Theater and the largest planetarium in the state. Completely filling viewers’ peripheral vision, the hemispheric screen immerses you in the action and creates the illusion of being suspended in space. Our state-of-the-art digital projection system augments the existing IMAX projector, providing a comprehensive and powerful full-dome experience.
Heikoff Giant Dome Theater Schedule
YOU call the shots! Select a film and date range for your visit. Then, call a Client Services representative to identify the best match for your needs. Films can be shown at 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. Your reservations for 50 or more students locks in a film, date and time. Book your field trip now!
Choosing a Theater Show:
- Read the film descriptions and grade level recommendations. Refer to our Web site at www.rhfleet.org/learn/educators-resource-guide/imax-films-standards for additional information on how these films meet California Education Standards. Additional titles may be available. Please ask a Client Services representative for more information.
- Make your film selection and call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 to identify potential dates for your visit. Please have a few time frames in mind. Reservations are not accepted for the first Monday or Tuesday of each month.
- Most shows can be captioned and provisions can be made for your sign language interpreters as well. Please notify the Education Department at least two weeks in advance if arrangements need to be made.
- Some films may be available in Spanish. Restrictions apply. Call (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 for details.
September–June: 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
July–August: 9:45 a.m.
School Group Pricing
$7 per student for galleries plus IMAX ($6 per student for galleries only)
$1800 for buyout (274 people max)
One-hour visit to exhibit galleries included. Allow one hour for your theater experience. Film titles and dates are subject to availability.
Prices subject to change without notice.
Call 619-238-1233 ext. 806 for the latest pricing information.
Note: In addition to the films listed below, our current public films are also available for education bookings.
Adventures in Wild California
Celebrate California’s natural wonders and unique culture! Celebrate the Golden State's wild nature and learn how and why we must preserve it. (Available in Spanish.)
Africa: The Serengeti
Join the Great Migration and journey across the Serengeti plains with over 1.5 million animals, including wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, elephants, monkeys and more.
Explore the harsh conditions, unique majesty, and unequaled beauty of the 49th state.
Witness the most mysterious, spectacular and amusing migrations on the planet, from zebras in Africa to monarch butterflies in Mexico. (Available in Spanish.)
Follow the Amazon River from its source in the high Andes, through the rain forest and into the majestic Amazon Basin. Witness two “medicine men” in their quest for both the medicinal properties of the plants and the plant’s curative applications by the indigenous people. (Available in Spanish.)
Born to Be Wild
From the rainforests of Borneo to the Kenyan savannah, follow two teams of experts as they rescue, rehabilitate, and return orangutans and elephants back to the wild. (Available in Spanish.)
Enter the magical, miniscule world of a butterfly and a praying mantis, and meet their bizarre and beautiful buggy friends. (Available in Spanish.)
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.
Mixing exciting computer animation with cutting-edge science, Cosmic Voyage provides a sweeping view of the universe across some 42 orders of magnitude and explores some of the greatest scientific theories.
Come see the breathtaking views of the tremendous diversity of marine life and witness the importance of interrelationships between animals to the health of the environment. From the Mantis Shrimp—who engages in a one-on-one, matador-like challenge with a threatening octopus—to the Green Sea Turtle—who allows schools of fish aestheticians to clean its shell of unwanted algae—DEEP SEA focuses on the unusual and often surprising alliances struck between some of the world’s most extraordinary animals.
This Academy Award-nominated film invites viewers to take the plunge with dolphins, from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the windswept seas of Patagonia.
Experience the dramatic story of a team of climbers who found hope, strength and triumph in the wake of tragedy on the world’s highest mountain.
Flight of the Butterflies
Join the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey as it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, and a scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. (Available in Spanish.)
Forces of Nature
Showcasing the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes and severe storms, this film follows scientists as they go on ground-breaking quests to understand how these natural disasters are triggered. (Available in Spanish.)
Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk
Take an exhilarating river-rafting adventure down the Colorado River on a critical mission of water conservation and river restoration.
This film brings the deepest reaches of our universe to life through stunning, high-resolution images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes. (Available in Spanish.)
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. (Available in Spanish.)
The Human Body
Get an astonishing look at the daily biological processes that go on in our own bodies without our control and often without our notice. (Available in Spanish.)
Follow researchers to Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga on the whales’ 6,000 mile migration. Get an up-close look at how whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. This film is only available for booking through May 9, 2016.
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean
Look at a secret world beneath the ocean surface with a large story to tell —that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Jean-Michel Cousteau invites audiences to dive into this beautiful, awe-inspiring world hidden within our oceans and ignite a desire to protect this magnificent, all-important habitat.
Enjoy this dialogue about the beliefs, history and traditions of Jewish, Muslim and Christian families from the perspectives of three teenage girls who live in Jerusalem. Archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness explores extraordinary historical sites in Jerusalem to better understand the history of this crossroads of civilization. (Available in Spanish.)
Journey Into Amazing Caves
Intrepid filmmakers and cavers bring back unprecedented footage from remote ice caves, underwater caves and terrestrial caves.
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 that more than 2,000 species of sea life call home. (Available in Spanish.)
Journey to Space
Discover how NASA’s shuttle program has led to its exciting new era of space exploration, including the important role of the International Space Station. Uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars. (Available in Spanish.)
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West
This film follows Lewis and Clark’s grueling 8,000-mile expedition through prairies, forests, and river rapids as they document plant and animal specimens and meet with Native American tribes at the turn of the 19th century. (Available in Spanish.)
The Living Sea
Filmed in stunning locations around the world, this film celebrates the beauty, power, and importance of the ocean.
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
Follow explorers and scientists as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies, bringing to life the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs. (Available in Spanish.)
Mysteries of Egypt
Set against the wondrous backdrop of the sweeping Nile and the majestic Giza pyramids, this film takes the viewer on an engaging journey through the Land of the Pharaohs.
Mysteries of the Unseen World
This film investigates things that are normally too slow, too fast, too small or too vast for the human eye to see. Innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology result in stunning, larger-than-life images.
Mystery of the Nile
Encounter dangerous rapids, hippos and crocodiles, as well as the beauty of ancient cultures from Ethiopia to Egypt, as you travel the world’s longest river. (Available in Spanish.)
National Parks Adventure
Embark on the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades, the Redwoods, and Arches. Learn its history and the vital contributions of John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt to the establishment of our national park system. (Available in Spanish.)
Ring of Fire
This film showcases the immense natural forces of the great circle of volcanoes and seismic activity that ring the Pacific Ocean, and the varied people and cultures that coexist with them.
Experience monsoons, hurricanes and tornadoes around the planet as you journey with scientists seeking to predict these phenomena.
To the Arctic
The film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. (Available in Spanish.)
To the Limit
Follow the spectacular feats performed by three athletes—a rock climber, an Olympic skier and a prima ballerina—including endoscopic photography of the body’s inner workings.
See the first IMAX feature solely about tornadoes: the people they attract, the scientists who study them and the awesome spectacle they create. (Available in Spanish.)
Under the Sea
Experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea in the most exotic and isolated locations on Earth, including southern Australia and Papua New Guinea. (Available in Spanish.)
Enjoy the spectacular beauty, dramatic geothermal activity and unique wildlife of Yellowstone National Park, including a sunrise over the Grand Tetons and a trip inside Old Faithful.