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Omni-Theatre re-opens, offers more engaging shows

By Zaki JufriEvents - 27 May 2015 12:16 PM | Updated 11:39 AM

Omni-Theatre re-opens, offers more engaging shows

The 28-year-old Omni-Theatre at the Singapore Science Centre will re-open on Saturday 30 May with new systems and programmes after a two-month closure since April. 

A new digital projection system showing crisp and eye-popping visuals will offer a fully immersive experience for visitors to the 221-seater IMAX dome theatre. 

It has been fitted with an 8K digital fulldome system to complement the existing IMAX 70mm film projection system.

Apart from IMAX and digital films covering geography and science, the theatre will now have 30-minute live shows presented by the centre's science educators that are topical, real-time presentations on astronomy.

There will be three new interactive shows, each lasting around 30 minutes, with at least one shown daily. 

A live show conducted by a science educator at the Singapore Science Centre

‘What's Up There?’ will explore the stars, planets and constellation in the sky on the night of the show, ‘Exploring the Planets’ will take you through the various planets that are part of our solar system, while ‘Cosmic Surfing’ will be about the Earth in relation to the universe.

Omni-Theatre Fast Facts

• Opened in 1987

• Southeast Asia's largest seamless dome screen (23m in diameter)

• Dome screen made up of 376 panels

• World's latest and brightest 8K digital fulldome system

The shows will make use of a new Digistar 5 software, which contains vast astronomical data including those from the American Museum of Natural History and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Clarence Sirisena, deputy chief executive of the science centre, said immersive environments are the next learning frontier that can help bridge gaps between classroom learning and real-life applications.

“The possibilities are endless and we are really excited with the shows that we can produce along the way,” he added. 

Besides the live shows, visitors may also look forward to the fulldome and IMAX movies including ‘Back to the Moon for Good’, a documentary which takes you through the history of moon landings and ‘Pandas: The Journey Home’, which chronicles the journey of a panda from captivity to being released in the wild.

Omni-Theatre, 15 Science Centre Road | Tickets: $12 (IMAX movie), $14 (fulldome live show or digital movie)