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 vintage, 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.


28 September | 5:15pm - 7:45pm | Peter Harrison Planetarium
The incredible stories of the Apollo astronauts, from their voyages to the Moon to life afterwards. This documentary is filled with breath-taking footage from the missions and we hear directly from the brave crews that went there and returned. After experiencing the “magnificent desolation” of this screening, a Royal Observatory astronomer will take a look at the technological breakthroughs that paved the way to going to the Moon and leave you with some food for thought to the question: should we go back, and if so, why?
Please note: this screening was originally scheduled to take place at 2:30pm in the National Maritime Museum. It is now taking place at the Royal Observatory Greenwich at the later time stated above.


Film runtime: 1hr 40m
Film Rating: U


ALIEN (1979)
12 October | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Peter Harrison Planetarium
Alien reaches it's forty year anniversary this year. To celebrate and relive this classic sci-fi horror the film will be screened in 4k on our state-of-the-art projector. Get your Halloween thrills early  In our planetarium, everyone can hear you scream!


Film runtime: 1hr 57m
Film Rating: 15
First Men in the Moon (1964)
16 November | 6:30pm - 9:00pm | 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.


Film runtime: 1hr 43m
Film Rating: U


WALL-E (2008)
14 December | 6:00pm - 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