Silver Screen Science Fiction

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Adult: £12 | Concession: £10.80 | Child: £6
Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Evenings and Lates
10% members discount

Enjoy screenings of cult and blockbuster sci-fi movies in our planetarium, followed by a short talk on the science behind the fiction by a Royal Observatory astronomer.


16 November | 6.30pm - 9pm | Peter Harrison Planetarium
First Men In The Moon was special effects master Ray Harryhausen's first and only cinemascope production. It has now been restored in 4k with stereo sound. Based on the classic HG Wells story, it was shot five years before man landed on the moon. When a spaceship arrives on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.
After the screening filmmaker and Harryhausen Foundation, John Walsh will reveal rare images from the film and scenes cut from the production. John Walsh is an award-winning filmmaker with a focus on social justice. His work ranges from television series to feature films. He is a double BAFTA and double Grierson Awards, nominee. His 1989 documentary on Ray Harryhausen (Movement Into Life) is held in the Foundation’s archive. John also produced audio and film commentary recordings with Ray in his final years. His new book Harryhausen The Lost Movies looks at Ray’s unmade films and scenes cut from classics including First Men In The Moon. 
John will be giving away a copy of his brand new book to a lucky guest at this screening!


Film runtime: 1hr 43m
Film Rating: U


WALL-E (2008)
14 December | 6.30pm - 8.30pm | Peter Harrison Planetarium
In this family-friendly animated film set on future Earth, the lonely waste disposal robot WALL-E meets a visiting robot EVE and starts a friendship that leads to a huge adventure and a quest to bring humans back to the planet after the environment has been destroyed.


Film runtime: 1hr 38m
Film Rating: U
BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017)
18 January | 6.45pm - 10pm | Peter Harrison Planetarium
Director Denis Villeneuve directs the sequel to the iconic science fiction thriller Blade Runner to stunning effect bringing new characters and old together in a visual masterpiece just as thought-provoking as its predecessor.


Film runtime: 2hr 44m
Film Rating: 15
ZARDOZ (1974)
22 February | 6.45pm - 9pm | Peter Harrison Planetarium
In this psychedelic 70s science fiction film set in the distant future, savage humans called 'Brutals' live out lives separate to pampered human 'Eternals'. That is until Brutal Exterminator 'Zed' crosses the boundary and wreaks havoc in their paradise.


Film runtime: 1hr 45m
Film Rating: 15
21 March | 6.30pm - 9pm | Peter Harrison Planetarium
Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise star in this novel time travel sci-fi romp. Public relations officer Cage (Cruise) tries to weasel out of action in a war with aliens and finds that rather than dying on the battlefield, he instead gets stuck in a time loop.


Film runtime: 1hr 53m
Film Rating: 12