For a real treat you can't get anywhere else in Reno, try going to a movie at the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center on the UNR campus in Reno. Feature films in the Star Theater are shown in SkyDome 8/70™ large-format. If you haven't seen a movie like this, you'll be amazed. It isn't as huge as IMAX, but I think it gives you more of a feeling of being right in the middle of the action.
Even though the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center opened way back in 1963, technology has been kept up-to-date. You'll enjoy a Spitz SciDome digital projector capable of producing brilliant shows and 3-D images.
Admission and Free Exhibits at the Fleischmann Planetarium
Tickets for all movies and star shows are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors 60 and over. Admission is free for Planetarium members. If you plan on seeing several films and star shows a year, Planetarium membership can save you money.
Admission to the Planetarium Exhibit Hall and science store is free. Exhibits are changed on a periodic basis, but there is always something interesting. Exhibits In Perspective include the Sierra Range, large models of Earth and the Moon, the International Space Station, and the Gravity Well black-hole simulator. Meteorites - Rocks from Space includes the Quinn Canyon meteorite, a half ton meteorite found in Nevada in 1908. The Planetarium's lower level includes the Art/Space Gallery of artwork with some type of astronomy theme, NASA featured projects, Amazing Space, and View Space (also called the Hubble Gallery), a program of news and research findings from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Summer 2014 Shows at the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
Here are the feature films and star shows playing through September 1, 2014. To confirm that movies and shows are on schedule, call the showtime hotline at (775) 784-4811. Discounts may be available for admission to the second show in a daily double feature. Call the Fleishmann Planetarium at (775) 784-4812 for details.
Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens - Celebrate the fact that Saturn will be visible and spectacular all summer. It's one of the most beautiful and magnificent planets in the solar system, and now, using sophisticated spacecraft, scientists have been able to reach out to the great ringed planet of Saturn, sailing by trillions of chunks of ice that make up its glorious rings. Learn about new scientific findings about Saturn's moons, rings and exotic secrets in the latest 3-D technology.
Showtimes - Daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Additional showings at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
DARK and Back to the Moon for Good - DARK explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe - where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years. Plus, Back to the Moon for Good chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years.
Showtimes - Daily at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Family Show: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket - Climb aboard their virtual, magical cardboard rocket as young adventurers take an exciting up-close look at the solar system. For children in grades K to 3, but fun for all ages.
Showtimes - Daily at 11 a.m.
Family Show: Attack of the Space Pirates - The Starship Intrepid travels through hyperspace in this fun and exciting adventure, where you and the crew will put real science into science fiction and solve numerous challenges along the way. For children in grades 4 to 6, but fun for all ages.
Showtimes - Daily at 12 noon.
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is a full-dome music and light show by Starlight Productions®. The legendary rock masterpiece presented in a stunning, immersive HD animation of color and mind-blowing surround-sound. (Note: Contains mature lyrics and themes.)
Showtimes - Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Live Sky Tonight Star Show - What's happening in our night skies this month? Find out from staff and guest astronomers using the state-of-the-art planetarium equipment to view current astronomical objects and events in spectacular detail. Regular admission.
Showtimes: First Friday of each month at 6 p.m.
Weekly Star Party at the MacLean Observatory - The Fleischmann Planetarium hosts free telescope viewing every Friday after dark (weather permitting) at the MacLean Observatory on the UNR Redfield Campus. The MacLean Observatory is located at 18600 Wedge Parkway in south Reno, off the Mount Rose Highway. Call (775) 784-4812 before coming for the current status and more information. Admission and parking are free at the Redfield Campus. Dress appropriately - this is an outdoor event with no indoor facilities available.
Viewing times are every Friday (weather permitting) - June through September, 2014, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (No viewing on July 4.)
How to Get to the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is at the north end of the UNR campus at 1650 N. Virginia Street in Reno. You can't miss the unusual building. There is free parking for Planetarium visitors in the West Stadium Parking Complex, level 3.
Summer 2014 Hours at the Fleischmann Planetarium
- Sunday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday through Thursday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Holiday Hours - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 4, 2014.
Source: Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center.