Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

1875 El Prado,
San Diego, CA 92101

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Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

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IMAX Theater located in Balboa Park. It was opened March 10, 1973.

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stevenj on May 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

On my last 2 visits to San Diego (last week and 2 years ago) I saw IMAX films at this domed venue. Both times the films (Journey to the South Pacific and Mysteries of the Unseen World – last week) seemed under lit and less than sharply focused. I was told by the person selling tickets both were being projected in 70mm. I have seen countless conventional 70mm films on large screens that were brilliant and sharp so wondering why the quality is not good at the Space Theater. Also it looked like there was a hole in the screen. I know this theater has been around since the 70’s but it seems like the quality of presentation has become 2nd rate. Anyone know why?

Ron Pierce
Ron Pierce on March 10, 2018 at 9:38 pm

The Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center Opened March 10,1973.
The IMAX theater is now known Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Screen length 76 feet.

Excerpt from their website “Named the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center, the facility opened to the public on March 10, 1973. The museum was named after Major Reuben H. Fleet, a pioneer in American aviation.”

In 2012, the Fleet completed a multimillion-dollar renovation to the Space Theater, now know as the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Dome Theater. The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater features the world’s first NanoSeam™ Dome in an IMAX theater, new seating and a state-of-the- art 16,000-watt surround sound system. The Fleet’s Giant Dome Theater was the first in the country to share a digital planetarium with an IMAX projector, following the installation of a digital GSX™ projection system from Global Immersion, which offers a full-dome theater experience. The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater runs multiple incredible IMAX films daily, in addition to popular monthly planetarium shows and other educational programs.


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