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No trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is complete without enjoying a high-definition film in our Spacedome IMAX® or National Geographic Theater in the Saturn V Hall of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Space and aviation themed titles are featured daily and included with a STARS Combo museum ticket or can be purchased separately.


Click here for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” tickets or visit the ticket desk at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is one of only 15 theaters in the world showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 70mm IMAX®. IMAX is the world’s most immersive cinematic experience. Everything from the movie itself to the theater design, projection and sound has been customized and enhanced to make you feel like you are part of the movie.
J.J. Abrams shot portions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with IMAX® cameras. Exclusively in IMAX® theaters, sequences of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be presented in an expanded IMAX® aspect ratio and fill the entire screen – offering moviegoers more of the image than standard cinemas for a truly immersive experience.
When captured with the IMAX® camera, the image projected features almost 10 times more resolution than conventional 35mm film – providing unparalleled scope and quality.
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The IMAX Dome system displays films in prestine 70MM film on a 67 foot dome screen.

Santa Vs. Snowman

When a lonely snowman wants to be part of the holiday fun, he decides to impersonate Santa! A hilarious clash that ensues where rocket-propelled reindeer face-off against snowball-launching igloos!

Journey to Space

Through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts, Journey to Space showcases the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on and the challenges they must overcome to carry out missions, once considered science fiction, and now science fact, such as landing astronauts on Mars. The film calls attention to the reality that the space program did not die with the end of the Shuttle Program in 2011. It is instead, vibrantly alive.

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Quality educational films presented in 3D with Xpand active 3D glasses.

To purchase a National Geographic Theater ticket only (without museum admission) please acquire your ticket at the main museum ticket desk 30 minutes prior to show time. National Geographic Theater ticket holders may access the theater through the Davidson Center entrance only. Museum access is not available for National Geographic Theater ticket only holders. If tickets are purchased online, please call 256-721-7198 before arrival to insure entrance into the Davidson Center.

Robots 3D

ROBOTS 3D is a sneak peek into the future at what might be possible as scientists use innovative engineering and design to make cyber characters less "humanoid" and more just plain human. Robot "actor" RoboThespian will introduce you to CHIMP, ATLAS, PR-2, Herb the Butler, ICUB, and others as he takes you on an amazing tour of what's going on in robotics labs around the world.

Hidden Universe

The giant-screen documentary adventure Hidden Universe takes audiences on an extraordinary journey deep into space in the cinematic medium that transports audiences like no other. With the full power of IMAX 3D cinematography, the deepest reaches of our universe are brought to life with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes—seen on-screen and in 3D for the first time.
Stunning, high-resolution 3D images of space allow moviegoers to explore the earliest galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, tour the surface of Mars, and witness images of distant celestial structures including stunning views of the Sun. Seen for the first time in IMAX 3D, these dramatic new images offer fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the universe.

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