IMAX

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Audience inside IMAX Theater watching a movie featuring an astronaut

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

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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Under the Sea

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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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Hubble Space Telescope in IMAX movie Hubble
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NASA

The Hubble Space Telescope

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An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Image Taken by Hubble Space Telescope in IMAX movie Hubble
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© 2010 Warner Bros. Courtesy of NASA, ESA, M.Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Hubble Space Telescope in IMAX movie Hubble
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NASA

The Hubble Space Telescope

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Image Taken by Hubble Space Telescope in IMAX movie Hubble
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NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)

An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Hubble Space Telescope in IMAX movie Hubble
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NASA

The Hubble Space Telescope

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An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Image Taken by Hubble Space Telescope in IMAX movie Hubble
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© 2010 Warner Bros. Courtesy of NASA, ESA, M.Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Hubble Space Telescope in IMAX movie Hubble
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NASA

The Hubble Space Telescope

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Image Taken by Hubble Space Telescope in IMAX movie Hubble
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NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)

An image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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IMAX with Laser promotional graphic
Accessibility Services & Amenities View Details

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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Sensory Friendly Screenings View Details

The California Science Center is proud to offer sensory friendly screenings in 2D for guests of all ages. 

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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!