For a real treat you can't get anywhere else in Reno, see a movie at the Fleischmann Planetarium on the University of Nevada campus. Feature films in the Star Theater are shown in SkyDome 8/70™ large-format, and if you haven't seen a movie like this, you're in for an experience. Although not as large as IMAX theaters, screenings at the Star Theater give you more of a feeling of being right in the middle of the action. Featuring a Spitz SciDome digital projector capable of producing brilliant shows and three-dimensional images, the Fleischmann Planetarium still keeps its technology up-to-date even though it originally opened in 1963.
Admission and Free Exhibits
While tickets are required for all movies and star shows—with varying prices for adults, seniors, and children ages 3 to 12—admission is free for Planetarium members. As a result, getting a Planetarium membership can save you money if you plan on seeing several films and star shows in a given year. To confirm that movies and shows are on schedule, call the showtime hotline at (775) 784-4811. Discounts may also be available for admission to the second show in a daily double feature; call the Fleishmann Planetarium at (775) 784-4812 for more details.
On the other hand, admission to the Planetarium Exhibit Hall and science store is always free, and while exhibits change on a periodic basis, there is always something interesting you can see without spending a dime. Exhibits include large models of Earth and the Moon, the International Space Station, and the Gravity Well black-hole simulator. The Planetarium's lower level includes the Space Gallery, which features astronomy-themed artwork, 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.
Shows at the Star Theater
While many of the shows and movies that play at the Star Theater rotate throughout the year, several feature films and star shows play year-round. From taking an animated trip to the moon with robotic children to learning about the seasonal stars over Reno, there are films and screenings for all ages and interests. From August 12 through November 24, 2019, you can see the following films and star shows at the Planetarium.
Explore the sun, Earth, and moon with robotic kids Cy and Annie and their dog, Armstrong, in this fun feature that invites families to race along the moon's surface, collect asteroid samples, and survive a solar storm. Showtimes take on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Max Goes to the Moon
Join a dog named Max and a young girl named Tori as they embark on the first trip to the moon since the Apollo era in this hour-long journey through the stars, which plays on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 1 p.m. Along the way, you'll also learn about the phases of the moon, how wings and aerodynamics function in space, and how gravity affects things like throwing a frisbee or a ball on the surface of the moon.
Perfect Little Planet
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon, take a trip to Pluto, through the rings of Saturn, and across the storms of Jupiter in search of "the ultimate space vacation."
Ningaloo: Australia’s Other Great Reef with Seasonal Stargazing
Join young marine scientist Anna Cresswell as she dives off the coast of Western Australia to explore the iconic Ningaloo Reef aboard the mini-submersible Odyssea to witness the synchronized coral spawning that takes place here each year. Screenings take place daily from 1 to 2 p.m.
Touch the Stars
Relive the history of NASA's probes, orbiters, and landers—which have journeyed from the heart of our solar system to the surface of other planets and moons—on this hour-long film that plays daily from 2 to 3 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 4 and 6 p.m.
Space Next With Seasonal Stars
This newest film explores the possibilities of space exploration yet to come with an in-depth look at future projects planned by NASA and private space developments like SpaceX. Space Next offers screenings daily from 3 to 4 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 5 p.m. Additionally, you'll be treated to a second show about the constellations and current objects in the night sky as part of this film.
Hours and Directions
The Fleischmann Planetarium is open on Sundays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Although closed on some holidays like Christmas and Fourth of July, the Planetarium remains open on national holidays like Labor Day and Veterans Day.
The Fleischmann Planetarium is located at the north end of the University of Nevada-Reno campus at 1650 North Virginia Street. You can't miss the unusual building. There is free parking for Planetarium visitors in the West Stadium Parking Complex, Level Three.