The Simons Theatre is open seven days a week. The first show begins at 10:00 a.m. and the last show starts one hour before closing.

In our newly renovated Simons Theatre, moviegoers will enjoy comfortable, high-backed seats while watching films on a giant projection screen that is more than six stories high. Wrap-around digital surround completes this immersive experience! 

The theater schedule offers four nature films daily, including Incredible Predators 3D, Wings Over Water 3D, Superpower Dogs 3D, and Cephalopods: Aliens of the Deep—keep scrolling for trailers.

*Includes Aquarium admission and a movie ticket.

Now Playing

Cephalopods: Aliens of the Deep Trailer

Cephalopods: Aliens of the Deep

Runtime: 45 minutes

Shot over three years across the globe through stunning underwater cinematography, this film presents an intimate portrait through macrophotography of the Cephalopods (Greek meaning – head foot). Learn more about octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. Journey through the magical world of these fascinating aquatic species, discover their unique physiology, and what makes them survive against all odds. 

Resources: Educational & Activity GuideCephalopods Portfolio

Incredible Predators Trailer

Incredible Predators 3D

Runtime: 45 minutes

Incredible Predators deconstructs the world of major predators as never before, taking an intimate look at the remarkable strategies they use to succeed. Advanced filming techniques expose the planet’s top predators in extraordinary footage, putting the audience right beside them as they hunt—on land, under the sea or in the air. Far from a film about the kill, instead learn how these supreme species must be at the very peak of performance to have any chance of success, for example, to understand a cheetah’s dilemma you must meet her hungry cubs. Incredible Predators reveals the unique relationship between predators and prey as a fundamental building block of ecology. tickets »

Resources: Classroom Activity Guide

Superpower Dogs Trailer

Superpower Dogs 3D

Runtime: 49 minutes

Experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs and their human partners who fight crime, protect endangered species and save lives in avalanches, earthquakes and in the sea. Narrated by Chris Evans, discover the extraordinary abilities of dogs and the remarkable science behind their superpowers, we’ll never look at our four-legged friends the same way again.

Resources: Educational Activities Guide

Wings Over Water Trailer

Wings Over Water 3D

Runtime: 45 minutes
Leaving Simons Theatre on February 16

Discover the largely unknown water highways of the Great Plains. As the glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age, they left an astounding gift of connected rivers, lakes, and wetlands across the heartland of North America. Today, these remain an oasis for wildlife, from herds of bison and vital honeybees to the millions of magnificent birds that migrate along these “flyways.” Michael Keaton narrates as the story of three amazing bird species—the Sandhill Crane, the Yellow Warbler and the Mallard Duck—come to life. Wings Over Water celebrates the triumphs and challenges of these remarkable birds that defy all odds as they head home to the prairies to raise their young.

Resources: Educator Guide & Classroom MaterialsWildlife ListWhy the Wetlands are Important & Animal Facts

Coming Soon

Secrets of the Sea Trailer

Secrets of the Sea 3D

Runtime: 45 minutes
Coming to Simons Theatre on February 17

Prepare to meet some of the ocean’s strangest and most spectacular animals. From adorable pygmy seahorses and opalescent squid to manta rays, tiger sharks, barnacle blennies, a coconut octopus, and much more. Come face-to-face with an astonishing array of marine species and see the fascinating ways they interact with each other and their environment. Many marine animals depend on one another for survival, and this intimate portrait demonstrates the critical importance of marine biodiversity to keeping our oceans healthy.

Simons Theatre FAQs

  1. Are reservations required for the Simons Theatre? Can I buy tickets on-site?

    You are strongly encouraged to make advanced reservations via our website. The Box Office on the plaza will also be open for walk-up visitors who need assistance or want to use cash. 

  2. What movies are currently showing?

    Cephalopods: Aliens of the Deep

    Shot over three years across the globe through stunning underwater cinematography, this film presents an intimate portrait through macrophotography of the Cephalopods (Greek meaning – head foot). Learn more about octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. Journey through the magical world of these fascinating aquatic species, discover their unique physiology, and what makes them survive against all odds. 

    Incredible Predators 3D

    Incredible Predators deconstructs the world of major predators as never before, taking an intimate look at the remarkable strategies they use to succeed. Advanced filming techniques expose the planet’s top predators in extraordinary footage, putting the audience right beside them as they hunt—on land, under the sea or in the air. Far from a film about the kill, instead learn how these supreme species must be at the very peak of performance to have any chance of success, for example, to understand a cheetah’s dilemma you must meet her hungry cubs. Incredible Predators reveals the unique relationship between predators and prey as a fundamental building block of ecology.

    Superpower Dogs 3D

    Experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs and their human partners who fight crime, protect endangered species and save lives in avalanches, earthquakes and in the sea. Narrated by Chris Evans, discover the extraordinary abilities of dogs and the remarkable science behind their superpowers, we’ll never look at our four-legged friends the same way again.

    Wings Over Water 3D

    Discover the largely unknown water highways of the Great Plains. As the glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age, they left an astounding gift of connected rivers, lakes, and wetlands across the heartland of North America. Today, these remain an oasis for wildlife, from herds of bison and vital honeybees to the millions of magnificent birds that migrate along these “flyways.” Michael Keaton narrates as the story of three amazing bird species—the Sandhill Crane, the Yellow Warbler and the Mallard Duck—come to life. Wings Over Water celebrates the triumphs and challenges of these remarkable birds that defy all odds as they head home to the prairies to raise their young.

  3. How long are the movies?

    The movies range from ~45 to ~49 minutes in length.

  4. What is the capacity in the Simons Theatre?

    The theater seats 378.

  5. Are masks required in the theater?

    Face coverings are encouraged for Aquarium guests, however they are no longer required on Aquarium property.

  6. What are the safety protocols in the Simons Theatre?

    We are using touchless entry scanning and hand sanitizer will be available at entrances and exits and in the lobby. 

  7. Will concessions be available?

    Vending machines are located in the Simons Theatre lobby. No outside food or drinks are allowed in the theater.

Accessibility

Closed captioning devices are available upon request. Click here to learn more.