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The Fleet Science Center Presents Pandas

A film from IMAX® and Warner Bros. Pictures, opening in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Friday, April 6.

March 28, 2018

HOU RONG (Director of Research at Chengdu Panda Base) holds a Giant Panda cub at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
HOU RONG (Director of Research at Chengdu Panda Base) holds a Giant Panda cub at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Black Bear cub at the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, NH as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Black Bear cub at the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, NH as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
 Giant Pandas at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
Giant Pandas at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
 Giant Panda cubs developing their tree-climbing skills at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
Giant Panda cubs developing their tree-climbing skills at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
Giant Panda cubs at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
Giant Panda cubs at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
 A Giant Panda as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
 A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda chosen for a reintroduction program enjoys some tasty bamboo in the learning enclosure at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda chosen for a reintroduction program enjoys some tasty bamboo in the learning enclosure at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
Co-Director/Producer/Writer DREW FELLMAN with a Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
Co-Director/Producer/Writer DREW FELLMAN with a Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
KRISTEN BELL narrates the original IMAX Entertainment documentary adventure “PANDAS,” a heartwarming global story about reintroducing captive born pandas to the wild. This film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, and will be released in select IMAX and IMAX 3d theaters. Photo by Eric Charbonneau
KRISTEN BELL narrates the original IMAX Entertainment documentary adventure “PANDAS,” a heartwarming global story about reintroducing captive born pandas to the wild. This film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, and will be released in select IMAX and IMAX 3d theaters. Photo by Eric Charbonneau
KRISTEN BELL narrates the original IMAX Entertainment documentary adventure “PANDAS,” a heartwarming global story about reintroducing captive born pandas to the wild. This film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, and will be released in select IMAX and IMAX 3d theaters. Photo by Eric Charbonneau
KRISTEN BELL narrates the original IMAX Entertainment documentary adventure “PANDAS,” a heartwarming global story about reintroducing captive born pandas to the wild. This film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, and will be released in select IMAX and IMAX 3d theaters. Photo by Eric Charbonneau
(L-R) Co-Director/Producer/Writer DREW FELLMAN with KRISTEN BELL who narrates the original IMAX Entertainment documentary adventure “PANDAS,” a heartwarming global story about reintroducing captive born pandas to the wild. This film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, and will be released in select IMAX and IMAX 3d theaters. Photo by Eric Charbonneau
(L-R) Co-Director/Producer/Writer DREW FELLMAN with KRISTEN BELL who narrates the original IMAX Entertainment documentary adventure “PANDAS,” a heartwarming global story about reintroducing captive born pandas to the wild. This film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, and will be released in select IMAX and IMAX 3d theaters. Photo by Eric Charbonneau
A Black Bear cub at the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, NH as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Black Bear cub at the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, NH as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
BEN KILHAM, Ph.D. (Independent Wildlife Biologist/Black Bear Behavior) with an orphaned Black Bear cub at the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, NH as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
BEN KILHAM, Ph.D. (Independent Wildlife Biologist/Black Bear Behavior) with an orphaned Black Bear cub at the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, NH as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) holds a Giant Panda cub at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) holds a Giant Panda cub at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
Giant Panda cubs at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
Giant Panda cubs at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
 A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda at China’s Chengdu Panda Base as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
 A Giant Panda and DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda and DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
 A Giant Panda and DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda and DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda cub exploring the learning enclosure at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
A Giant Panda cub exploring the learning enclosure at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) and a Giant Panda climb a tree at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) and a Giant Panda climb a tree at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) holds a Giant Panda at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) holds a Giant Panda at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
(L-R) HOU RONG (Director of Research at Chengdu Panda Base) talks with DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) as he holds a Giant Panda cub at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman
(L-R) HOU RONG (Director of Research at Chengdu Panda Base) talks with DR. JAKE OWENS, Ph.D. (wildlife conservation biologist) as he holds a Giant Panda cub at Panda Valley in Dujiangyan, China as seen in the new IMAX® film, “PANDAS,” an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Drew Fellman

San Diego, CA—The latest documentary adventure from IMAX® tells a heartwarming story about introducing captive-born giant pandas into the wild. Narrated by Kristen Bell (Frozen, TV's "The Good Place"), Pandas opens in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on April 6, 2018.

Pandas takes audiences on an exciting and educational journey for the entire family, with a species loved the world over: giant pandas. At the Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are taking the captive-breeding program to the next level and preparing captive-born cubs for the wild. This film follows a researcher from the Chengdu Panda Base, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique to prepare the giant pandas for the life they were born to have. 
 
What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for one special panda named Qian Qian. Captured with IMAX cameras, Pandas follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers her wild side.
 
"I am thrilled to team up with IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures to help tell this incredible story in the larger-than-life IMAX format," said Kristen Bell. "Pandas not only spotlights the important work being done to protect these beloved and ridiculously cute animals, but it provides us with inspiration and hope and showcases the great things we can achieve when we work together."
 
Pandas is directed by the filmmakers behind Born to be Wild and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, David Douglas and Drew Fellman.
 
"We're very excited to show Pandas here on the Giant Dome screen," said Steve Snyder, CEO of the Fleet Science Center. "Giant pandas are amazing creatures, and this film explores how conservation and ecology are relevant to science learning today."
 
Pandas opens at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on Friday, April 6, 2018, with multiple shows daily. The documentary is rated G. For more information on Pandas, including show times, please visit: fleetscience.org/shows/pandas.
 
For the new trailer, downloadable photos and general presinformation,please visiIMAX.com/pandas.
 
IMAX Entertainment presents, in association with IMAX Documentary Films Capital, Jin Yi Culture Investment (HK) and Panda Productions, Pandas. This film, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX, to be released in select IMAX theaters starting April 6, 2018. 
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Pandas is available for public screenings, school and group reservations or private screenings. For school or group reservations, please contact the Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 or ClientServices@rhfleet.org.
 
If you would like to arrange a private screening of the film, please contact the Special Events Department at (619) 685-5729 or SpecialEvents@rhfleet.org
 
Tickets for public screenings are on sale at the Fleet's ticket counter and at fleetscience.org. Discounted tickets are available to the military and their family members at local military ticket offices.
 
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To schedule a media preview of Pandas, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Manager Karla Nafarrate at 619-685-5743 or knafarrate@rhfleet.org
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FOR MEDIA ONLY:
You're Invited to the Advance Screening!
Members of the media are invited to join us for our advance screening party for Pandas on Thursday, March 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the film screening at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the reception.
 
If you and a guest would like to attend the advance screening party for Pandas, please RSVP via the Eventbrite link below. 

 

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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.