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The Downing 3D Experience in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater is sponsored by John and Tracy Downing, the Downing Family Foundation, the Eleanor and Jerry Navarra Family, Jerome’s Furniture, and Stephen Cohen, President, Private Asset Management, Inc.

We would like to thank the County of San Diego and Supervisor Ron Roberts for Community Enhancement Program funds that bring films to our theater

The Downing 3D Experience - 3D Films at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Get immersed in a cinematic experience like no other as stunning movies come to life on the giant screen, equipped with Dolby® 3D, the latest in digital 3D technology. The Downing 3D Experience is located in the 300-seat Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater and is included with paid admission.

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Inner Earth 3D
September 6—November 30, 2011

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Visitors will uncover an abundance of natural, ecological, and archaeological jewels which lay hidden within the worlds deepest, darkest, and most astonishing caves. The film embarks on the adventure of a lifetime through tight passageways, down deep vertical shafts, and across searing cavern floors. Visitors will journey from the watery Caves Branch of Belize to the frozen kingdom of Eisriesenwelt, and from the gargantuan Sotano de las Golondrinas to the angry fires of the Hawaiian Lava Tubes.

The Downing 3D Experience is sponsored by John and Tracy Downing, Downing Family Foundation, Eleanor and Jerry Navarra, Jerome’s Furniture, and Stephen Cohen, President, Private Asset Management, Inc.

Ocean Oasis
ongoing

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Take a fascinating journey into two remarkably different, but inextricably linked worlds—Mexico’s Sea of Cortés and the Baja California desert. Ocean Oasis, a giant-screen film, mesmerizes audiences as they witness the beauty of life in Baja California's rich waters and seemingly barren land.
Note: Ocean Oasis is a 2D film.

Produced by the San Diego Natural History Museum, Summerhays Films, and PRONATURA A.C., with sponsorship from Sempra Energy. Winner of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the International Wildscreen Film Festival.

The Downing 3D Experience is sponsored by John and Tracy Downing, Downing Family Foundation, Eleanor and Jerry Navarra, Jerome’s Furniture, and Stephen Cohen, President, Private Asset Management, Inc.

Coming Soon...

Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia
August 20—November 30, 2011

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If it weren’t for a series of cataclysmic events—a comet impact being first on the list—our planet could still be the domain of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs 3D follows Professor Rodolfo Coria, a world-renowned Argentinean paleontologist, as he visits sites of major discoveries in Patagonia and travel back in time to see these amazing beasts come to life. Patagonia has given us the largest living animal to have ever walked the Earth: the plant-eating Argentinosaur, and its nemesis, the Giganotosaur, a bipedal carnivore, that could easily challenge the famous T. rex. Deeply rooted in science, the film carries the audience through the lives of two specimens of these superb achievements of evolution.

The Downing 3D Experience is sponsored by John and Tracy Downing, Downing Family Foundation, Eleanor and Jerry Navarra, Jerome’s Furniture, and Stephen Cohen, President, Private Asset Management, Inc.

Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World
December 1, 2011—May 31, 2012

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Visitors will experience a wondrous adventure as they join Julie, an imaginative young woman, as she takes a unique voyage through time and space. The film explores an amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures which ruled the seas millennia before dinosaurs conquered the Earth and even includes a face-to-face encounter with the "T. rex of the sea!"

The Downing 3D Experience is sponsored by John and Tracy Downing, Downing Family Foundation, Eleanor and Jerry Navarra, Jerome’s Furniture, and Stephen Cohen, President, Private Asset Management, Inc.

Sharks 3D
December 1, 2011—May 31, 2012

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Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sharks 3D offers audiences an astonishing up-close encounter with the lions and tigers of the ocean. Visitors will come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species, including the Great White, Hammerhead, and the Whale Shark. The film depicts sharks as they really are; not malicious man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and endangered animals that have been in existence millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

The Downing 3D Experience is sponsored by John and Tracy Downing, Downing Family Foundation, Eleanor and Jerry Navarra, Jerome’s Furniture, and Stephen Cohen, President, Private Asset Management, Inc.

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