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Turn your visit into an all-day science adventure – visit our exhibit galleries and watch an IMAX movie!

For the safety of our guests, all 3D glasses are cleaned and sanitized before every use.

Transport yourself to awesome new worlds and engage your senses in endless colors and soul-stirring sounds. Every element in our state-of-the-art theater is specially designed to create an immersive experience, ensuring movie magic each time the lights go down. Our IMAX with Laser projection system will draw you into the action like never before. Coupled with IMAX's next-generation 12 channel surround sound system, our seven-story screen brings to life worlds as small as an atom and as vast as the universe. Experience an IMAX movie and get the big picture!

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IMAX SCHEDULE View Details

NOW - JANUARY 8

10:00 a.m.  Amazon Adventure 3D (45 mins.) 
11:00 a.m.  Under the Sea 3D (40 mins.)
12:00 p.m.  Asteroid Hunters 3D (38 mins.)
1:00 p.m.  Amazon Adventure 3D (45 mins.)
2:00 p.m.  Asteroid Hunters 3D (38 mins.)
3:00 p.m.  Amazon Adventure 3D (45 mins.)
4:00 p.m.  Asteroid Hunters 3D (38 mins.)

JANUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 20

9:30 a.m.  Amazon Adventure 3D (45 mins.) — only available for weekday group reservations
10:30 a.m.  Asteroid Hunters 3D (38 mins.)
11:30 a.m. Amazon Adventure 3D (45 mins.)
12:30 p.m.  Under the Sea 3D (40 mins.)
1:30 p.m.  Amazon Adventure 3D (45 mins.)
2:30 p.m.  Asteroid Hunters 3D (38 mins.)
3:30 p.m.  Amazon Adventure 3D (45 mins.)
4:30 p.m.  Asteroid Hunters 3D (38 mins.) — only on Saturdays, Sundays, Jan. 16, and Feb. 20

NOW PLAYINGAmazon Adventure 3D

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Jaguar peers through the brush of the Amazon Rainforest with "Amazon Adventure 3D" logo overlay and "A True Story of Scientific Adventure" subtitle
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SK Films
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Henry Bates reads a letter
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SK Films

Always learning, always thinking. Explorer Henry Bates always asked why

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Potoo bird sits atop a tree trunk, disguising itself.
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SK Films

The potoo bird matches the tree trunk it is resting on. Potoos are related to nightjars—the family that includes nighthawks and whip-poor-wills. 

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Amazon horned frog camouflages with the leaves on the Amazon Rainforest floor.
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SK Films

This Amazon Horned Frog hides among leaves and brush on the Amazon Rainforest floor. 

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Flower or hunting spider? This spider uses mimicry to disguise itself.
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SK Films

Flower or hunting spider? This hunting spider uses mimicry to disguise itself. 

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The leaf butterfly appears to look like a leaf on an branch.
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SK Films

This leaf butterfly appears to look like a leaf on a branch. 

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A sloth swims in the Amazon Rainforest.
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SK Films

Sloths are strong swimmers. They can swim three times faster than they can walk on land. And because of their ability to slow their heart rates to one-third its normal rate, they can also hold their breath for 40 minutes under water.

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Jaguar peers through the brush of the Amazon Rainforest with "Amazon Adventure 3D" logo overlay and "A True Story of Scientific Adventure" subtitle
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SK Films
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Henry Bates reads a letter
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SK Films

Always learning, always thinking. Explorer Henry Bates always asked why

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Potoo bird sits atop a tree trunk, disguising itself.
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SK Films

The potoo bird matches the tree trunk it is resting on. Potoos are related to nightjars—the family that includes nighthawks and whip-poor-wills. 

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Amazon horned frog camouflages with the leaves on the Amazon Rainforest floor.
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SK Films

This Amazon Horned Frog hides among leaves and brush on the Amazon Rainforest floor. 

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Flower or hunting spider? This spider uses mimicry to disguise itself.
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SK Films

Flower or hunting spider? This hunting spider uses mimicry to disguise itself. 

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The leaf butterfly appears to look like a leaf on an branch.
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SK Films

This leaf butterfly appears to look like a leaf on a branch. 

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A sloth swims in the Amazon Rainforest.
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SK Films

Sloths are strong swimmers. They can swim three times faster than they can walk on land. And because of their ability to slow their heart rates to one-third its normal rate, they can also hold their breath for 40 minutes under water.

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NOW PLAYINGAsteroid Hunters 3D

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Delta IV Heavy Rocket in Asteroid Hunters 3D
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© 2020 IMAX Corporation

The Delta IV Heavy rocket, seen in the IMAX® movie Asteroid Hunters 3D, could transport a space probe to avert and redirect an asteroid on a path toward Earth.
 

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Asteroid entering Earth's atmosphere in Asteroid Hunters 3D
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© 2020 IMAX Corporation

An asteroid entering Earth's atmosphere.

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Mark Boslough PhD in front of supercomputer screen in Asteroid Hunters 3D
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© 2020 IMAX Corporation

Planetary defense specialist Mark Boslough PhD demonstrates an asteroid impact using supercomputers to assess the effects.

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Marina Brozović PhD / interior of Goldstone radio dish antenna in Asteroid Hunters 3D
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© 2020 IMAX Corporation

Marina Brozović PhD of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory studies radar signals to understand the size, speed and location of asteroids. Data collected from the Goldstone radio dish antenna is used to track large, high - risk asteroids.

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Delta IV Heavy Rocket in Asteroid Hunters 3D
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© 2020 IMAX Corporation

The Delta IV Heavy rocket, seen in the IMAX® movie Asteroid Hunters 3D, could transport a space probe to avert and redirect an asteroid on a path toward Earth.
 

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Asteroid entering Earth's atmosphere in Asteroid Hunters 3D
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© 2020 IMAX Corporation

An asteroid entering Earth's atmosphere.

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Mark Boslough PhD in front of supercomputer screen in Asteroid Hunters 3D
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© 2020 IMAX Corporation

Planetary defense specialist Mark Boslough PhD demonstrates an asteroid impact using supercomputers to assess the effects.

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Marina Brozović PhD / interior of Goldstone radio dish antenna in Asteroid Hunters 3D
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© 2020 IMAX Corporation

Marina Brozović PhD of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory studies radar signals to understand the size, speed and location of asteroids. Data collected from the Goldstone radio dish antenna is used to track large, high - risk asteroids.

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NOW PLAYINGUnder the Sea 3D

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A Wunderpus phtogenicus doing a pinwheel-like somersault in the waters of Alotau in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, in the IMAX movie Under the Sea
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© 2008 Michele Hall used with permission by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

An entertaining Wunderpus phtogenicus does a pinwheel-like somersault in the waters of Alotau in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.

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The dance of the jellyfish (Thysanostoma thysanura) draws the attention of several butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis) in the cool waters of Clam Gardens in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, in the IMAX film Under the Sea
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© 2008 Michele Hall used with permission by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

The dance of the jellyfish (Thysanostoma thysanura) draws the attention of several butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis) in the cool waters of Clam Gardens in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

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One of the Under the Sea film crew, Stuart MacFarlane, poses for a photo next to a giant potato cod (Epinephelus tukula) in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
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© 2008 Mark Spencer used with permission by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

One of the Under the Sea film crew, Stuart MacFarlane, poses for a photo next to a giant potato cod (Epinephelus tukula) as it shows off its potato-like markings in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

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Hundreds of glassy sweeper fish dart over the dizzying array of colorful Coral Bommie of Indonesia, within the movie Under the Sea
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© 2008 Jeff Wildermuth used with permission of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Hundreds of glassy sweeper fish create visual chaos as they dart over the dizzying array of colorful coral bommie of Indonesia.

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A pair of Australian sea lions by the Hopkins Island in South Australia, in the IMAX movie Under the Sea
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©2008 Jeff Wildermuth used with permission by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

A pair of Australian sea lions lazily cruise the waters around the Hopkins Island in South Australia.

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A Wunderpus phtogenicus doing a pinwheel-like somersault in the waters of Alotau in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, in the IMAX movie Under the Sea
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© 2008 Michele Hall used with permission by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

An entertaining Wunderpus phtogenicus does a pinwheel-like somersault in the waters of Alotau in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.

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The dance of the jellyfish (Thysanostoma thysanura) draws the attention of several butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis) in the cool waters of Clam Gardens in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, in the IMAX film Under the Sea
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© 2008 Michele Hall used with permission by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

The dance of the jellyfish (Thysanostoma thysanura) draws the attention of several butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis) in the cool waters of Clam Gardens in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

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One of the Under the Sea film crew, Stuart MacFarlane, poses for a photo next to a giant potato cod (Epinephelus tukula) in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
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© 2008 Mark Spencer used with permission by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

One of the Under the Sea film crew, Stuart MacFarlane, poses for a photo next to a giant potato cod (Epinephelus tukula) as it shows off its potato-like markings in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

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Hundreds of glassy sweeper fish dart over the dizzying array of colorful Coral Bommie of Indonesia, within the movie Under the Sea
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© 2008 Jeff Wildermuth used with permission of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Hundreds of glassy sweeper fish create visual chaos as they dart over the dizzying array of colorful coral bommie of Indonesia.

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A pair of Australian sea lions by the Hopkins Island in South Australia, in the IMAX movie Under the Sea
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©2008 Jeff Wildermuth used with permission by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

A pair of Australian sea lions lazily cruise the waters around the Hopkins Island in South Australia.

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Here at the California Science Center, we want all guests to participate equally in the excitement of experiencing science! We are committed to breaking down any barriers to access. If you have questions about accessibility that are not answered here, please call us at 213-744-2019; email us at 4info@californiasciencecenter.org; or stop by our Information Desk just inside the main entrance.

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Closed Captioning View Details

Closed captions for the hearing impaired are available. Learn more about Closed Captioning for our IMAX movies.

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Support a dynamic educational resource and enjoy a year of special experiences, including IMAX movie previews and ticket discounts. Join today to launch your science adventure!

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Your patronage supports science learning

The California Science Center is a non-profit organization. Your IMAX ticket purchase helps fund our exhibit and education programs. The IMAX movies we show support our mission to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone. Thank you for choosing the California Science Center IMAX Theater!