California Science Center IMAX Movie

We bet you've never seen an IMAX film at this scale. With a screen measuring seven stories tall and 90 feet wide along with a state-of-the-art digital sound system, this theater creates a totally immersive experience. Admission to the California Science Center is free. This pass features the IMAX ticket.
  • Adult gate price $8.25
  • Child gate price $5.00
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The California Science Center itself is free to all, but with this pass you will get to see a film at the incredible seven-story IMAX Theater found there. Choose from such scientifically-inspired films such as: Born to be Wild 3D, which documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them; A rainforest Adventure; Bugs! 3D, which gives a detailed look at the lives of a praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly; Hubble 3D, which lets you accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history; and Arabia 3D, a unique look at the history, culture, and religion of the Arabian peninsula. Films are shown daily on the hour and last approximately 45 minutes.

After your film, don’t pass up the chance to check out the California Science Center, which is conveniently located in near downtown Los Angeles and provides an exciting venue for learning and interactive thrills, regardless of your age. In addition to over 100 permanent hands-on exhibits and a seven-story IMAX Theater, the Science Center also rotates special exhibitions throughout the year, focusing on a specific theme within science, mathematics, technology and art. Here is a preview of the exhibits you can expect to see in the galleries of California Science Center:

Ecosystems: This new exhibit brings you a look at how life on our planet is shaped by its unique geophysical and biological processes. You’ll walk through even the most inhospitable environments of the planet, learning about eight different zones.

Creative World: Everything from digital imagery to solar cars, you’ll learn about the benefits and the often overlooked consequences of innovation.

World of Life: From the single-celled amoeba to the 100-trillion celled human being, this exhibit explores the connections with a trip down its “Life Tunnel”.

Air & Space Exhibits: A collection of artifacts and hands-on activities across the many areas of human ingenuity and science, including “Air & Aircraft”, “Humans in Space”, “Missions to the Planets”, “Stars & Telescopes”, “Space Shuttle Endeavour”, and information from the mission to Saturn in “Cassini-Huygens Mission Updates”.

Science Court: A fun-filled space featuring science demos, special exhibits, and bike you can ride across a cable three stories above ground! Also features a motion-based simulator and an “Ecology Cliff Climb”.

Science Plaza: Explore the connections between art and science in this gallery that looks at DNA, skylight, chromosomes and the galaxy, and the works of artist Larry Kirkland—the artist behind Science Plaza! Kirkland has also created art for the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur, as well as for the airport in Osaka, Japan, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore!

California Science Center also features special temporary exhibits such as: Science in Toyland, a world of spinning tops, dominoes and mini roller coasters; 1001 Inventions, a look at the scientific contributions by men and women during the Golden Age of Muslim civilization; and After Life, an exhibit devoted to the shared human experience of grasping to understand the end of life as we know it.

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Very interesting science center
By acbrandy Verified Reviewer from Tucson,AZ on
Pros:
IMAX movie, Many hands on exhibits
Cons:
Too many kids,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations California Science Center IMAX Movie:

This science center was great. There is so much to see. We made the mistake of going on a weekday so there were so many kids from camps visiting. We weren't able to fully enjoy the attraction. The IMax movie was pretty cool.

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California Science Center IMAX Movie Details

Phone: (323) SCIENCE / (323) 724-3623

Address
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Hours
Daily, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Note
Included admission to one IMAX movie and museum with the Go Los Angeles Card. General admission to the California Science Center is free to all, with the exception of IMAX and selected exhibits. IMAX is included with Go Los Angeles Cards.
Closings
New Year's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Public Transportation
Driving Directions
The California Science Center is located in Exposition Park at the intersection of Figueroa Street and Exposition Park Drive, west of the 110 (Harbor) freeway. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena are south of the Science Center. Parking is $8 per car, $10 for buses, and $25 for oversize vehicles (cash only).

Admission and Offer Information

Getting In

Present your pass at the IMAX ticket window for your movie.

Parking is $10 per car, other rates apply to buses and oversize vehicles; check with California Science center for additional parking information.

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