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No trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is complete without enjoying a high-defintion 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.

Featured educational material for our current movies is available on our Educational Materials page.

   The IMAX Dome system displays films in prestine 70MM film on a 67 foot dome screen.
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HIDDEN UNIVERSE   Runtime: 37 Minutes

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.


JOURNEY TO SPACE    Runtime: 45 Minutes

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.






LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES reminds us how the airplane has profoundly changed the world and our lives. Beautifully filmed in 18 countries, across all 7 continents, the film renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe inspiring inventions in the modern world.

Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (One Six Right), LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES is narrated by Harrison Ford and features an original score by Academy Award® winning composer James Horner (Avatar, Titanic).







        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.

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Pandas The Journey Home Runtime: 45 Minutes

Directed by Nicolas Brown ("Human Planet," "Expedition Alaska") and produced by Caroline Hawkins ("Meerkats 3D," "Fatal Attractions"), "Pandas: The Journey Home" follows the pandas at what could be a make-or-break milestone in their history and in the history of conservation itself. After decades of successful captive breeding, the reserve has hit its target number of 300 giant pandas and now must tackle the challenge of reintroducing breeding populations of the species to the wild. Oxford Scientific Films was granted permission to film the rare release of "Tao Tao"-a panda bred in captivity-and to follow a group of wild pandas in their mountain habitat.


Jerusalem Runtime: 45 Minutes Trailer

Filmed for the first time in 3D and for the giant screen, JERUSALEM immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City and the Holy Land, combine to make JERUSALEM a unique and stunning cinematic experience.


Robots 3D Runtime: 45 Minutes

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.


Summer Movie Series

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is offering Friday night at the movies in June and July. 

All movies are shown on the big screen in the National Geographic Theater. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Movie Starts at 7:00 p.m.

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Tickets are $8 for all ages.


After Hours Sensory Night

U.S. Space & Rocket Center in partnership with Making Connections is offering special sensory-friendly family activities for those affected by autism. For details click here.