Reel Science: Wall-E

With Dave Shinsel, Senior Technologist for Robotics at Intel, and Robotics Maker

6:15PM | Doors Open

6:30PM | Lecture and Q&A: Meet Loki, a fun humanoid robot, and learn how robots see the world

7:30PM | Movie: Wall-E (Duration: 1 hr. 38 mins. | Rating: G)



In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

OMSI 2016 Sci Fi Film Fest


Entertaining. Inspirational. Thought-provoking. Science fiction cinema as both art and insight into popular thinking on the future is celebrated at OMSI's 2016 Sci-Fi Film Festival.


For eight days, the festival will showcase 16 of science fiction’s most memorable films on the Empirical Theater’s giant four-story tall screen. From 1950’s classics such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers to more recent favorites like Inception, the festival’s offerings are sure to appeal to science fiction fans of all ages and interests.


Festival Passes
Plan on attending multiple shows or events? Buy an exclusive Festival pass and save! Pass holders receive access to all festival screenings and special events.

$30 Adult / $25 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
OMSI members receive $3 off

Tickets are also available for individual shows.

$7 Adult / $6 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
OMSI members receive $1 off


Both Passes and Tickets may be purchased online at, at the OMSI front desk, or by telephone at 503-797-4000.


Festival Schedule

Friday, July 8

5:30pm  Fantastic Planet
7:00pm  They Live
8:45pm  Robocop
10:30pm Alien
Saturday, July 9
2:00pm  TBD
4:30pm  Logan’s Run
6:30pm  Fantastic Planet
8:00pm  The Terminator
10:00pm Dune
Sunday, July 10
2:00pm  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
4:00pm  TBD
6:30pm  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
7:45pm  Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Monday, July 11
6:30pm Total Recall
8:30pm Blade Runner (Director’s Cut)
Tuesday, July 12
6:30pm They Live
8:15pm A Clockwork Orange
Wednesday, July 13
6:30pm TBD
Thursday, July 14
6:30pm Alien
8:30pm Inception

Friday, July 15
6:00pm  The Terminator
8:00pm  Robocop
10:00pm Blade Runner (Director’s Cut)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

In the sleepy Californian town of Santa Mira, strange happenings are afoot. Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) finds residents experiencing an epidemic of mass hysteria, imagining their relatives replaced by detached, emotionless copies. As Bennell gets closer to the horrifying truth - that the substitutions are part of an extraterrestrial invasion scheme and the copies are emerging from giant seed pods - the 'pod people' begin to close in. 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), the original adaptation of Jack Finney’s alarming science-fiction tale, maintains its power to unnerve 60 years after director Don Siegel’s acclaimed adaptation.

Spawning several remakes, the original remains the most recognised and was selected for historical preservation by the Library of Congress in 1994. Its themes of alienation and dehumanization of society have echoed across the decades as loudly as Kevin McCarthy’s shout of “You’re next!”

"Few modern-day movies are more genuinely frightening." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal 

Duration: 80 mins. | Rating: PG

They Live

A down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.

Directed by John Carpenter and starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster, They Live was shot in eight weeks, principally on location in downtown L.A., with a budget only slightly north of $3 million. The film opened in November 1988 and debuted at #1 at the North American box office grossing $4.8 million during its opening weekend and ending with a total domestic gross of $13 million.

Although it received a mixed reception on release, They Live has since garnered a cult following and registers an approval rating of 83% on the review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Duration: 97 mins. | Rating: R


In the year 10191, a spice called melange found only on the desert planet Arrakis is the most valuable substance in the universe. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens. However, when the Harkonnens violently seize back their fiefdom, it is up to Duke Leto's son Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle for control of the planet and its spice. 

Based on Frank Herbert's classic science fiction epic of the same name, Dune was written and directed by David Lynch and featured a well-known cast, including Jose Ferrer, Max Von Sydow, Oscar® winner Linda Hunt and rock legend, Sting. The film's soundtrack was composed by the rock band Toto and Brian Eno.

On its release in 1984, Dune flopped financially -- grossing only $31 million from a $40 million budget --and was savaged by critics. Lynch quickly distanced himself from the picture, claiming that pressure from both producers and financiers restrained his artistic control and denied him final cut privilege. 

Time has been more kind to the film which has gained something of a cult status. Indeed, the film is listed at a lofty #57 on Time Out's list of the Best Sci Fi Movies where critic Tom Huddleston writes "How a movie this dense, allusive, thematically complex, ridiculously pricey and just downright weird ever got made is impossible to imagine, but thank the Maker that it did."

Duration: 137 mins. | Rating: PG-13

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

In the second installment of the massively popular Mad Max movie franchise, World War III has just ended and the world's remaining inhabitants are on a desperate, devastating, struggle to survive. Mad Max (Mel Gibson) joins forces with nuclear holocaust survivors to defend an oil refinery under siege from a ferocious, marauding horde that plunders the land for gasoline.

Released in 1981, the George Miller-directed picture received five Australian Film Institute Awards and a Best Foreign Film award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Its comic-book post-apocalyptic/punk style popularized the genre in film and led to Mad Max 2 quickly gaining cult film status. Publications as disparate as Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times have subsequently recognized the film as one of the greatest movies of all time.

"For pure rhythm and visual panache, Miller has few real competitors; the climactic chase, with its deft variation of tempo and point of view, is a minor masterpiece." Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader 

Duration: 96 mins. | Rating: R

A Clockwork Orange

Stomping, whomping, stealing, singing, tap-dancing, violating.

Hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has a good time—at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral punk to brainwashed proper citizen and back again forms the dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick’s future-shock vision of Anthony Burgess’ novel.

Controversial when first released, A Clockwork Orange won New York Film Critics "Best Picture" and "Best Director" Awards and earned four Oscar nominations, including "Best Picture."
Over forty years after first hitting theaters, the power of A Clockwork Orange still entices, shocks and holds us in its grasp.

"Kubrick's contributions are his wit and his eye. The wit, too much at times, is as biting as in Dr. Strangelove, and the production, while of another order, is as spectacular as in 2001." Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune 

Duration: 137 mins. | Rating: R