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Missions Theater Shows

Join us for a show in our Quonset Hut-style theater
Missions Theater

2022 Theater Show Schedule:

9:30    Salute to Heroes*
10:00   Fly Me to the Moon
10:30    Smithsonian Feature Film (Salute to Heroes* when no feature)
11:30     Fly Me to the Moon
Noon   Salute to Heroes*
1:00     Fly Me to the Moon
1:30     Salute to Hereos*
2:00    Smithsonian Feature Film (Fly Me to the Moon when no feature)
3:00    Heroes on Deck*
4:30    Fly Me to the Moon

Theater doors open 5 minutes prior to scheduled showtime. Show capacity is 62 guests which includes accessible seating options. Please note shows begin with a Salute to Heroes showing at 12:40pm on Sundays. 
*Some films may not be suitable for younger audiences, parental discretion is advised. 


Always on in the Missions Theater!

Fly Me to the Moon  - Nat the fly loves listening to his grandfather (voiced by Christopher Lloyd) tell stories of adventures from his youth. Desperate to experience some derring-do of his own, Nat convinces two of his friends to stow away on the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. The high-flying trio have the adventure of a lifetime.  

Heroes on Deck - During World War II, just off Chicago’s shoreline, the US Navy trained over 15,000 carrier pilots on two makeshift “flattops,” both former, coal-fired, side wheel passenger steamers. Not every pilot landed successfully on the pitching decks of the USS Wolverine and USS Sable and many aircraft went to the bottom of the Great Lakes. This is the story of the recovery of those rare warbirds and the ingenious training program that changed the course of the war in the Pacific.   View trailer now!

Salute to Heroes - A highly emotive piece produced especially for the Air Zoo, Salute to Heroes depicts a daring bombing raid by a group of young men during World War II aboard the B-17 Flying Fortress The Kalamazoo Gal. Using computer animation combined with real life actors, the film is a true epic and honorific reflection of a WWII combat mission.


NEW in 2022

Smithsonian Channel features!

As a Smithsonian-affilated institution, we have the opportunity to bring you special films and documentaries from the Smithsonian Channel. Watch the calendar or bookmark this theater listing for upcoming features!

  • Aerial America: Michigan -January 15th-31st - A journey above the Great Lake state, where one man's assembly lines brought the automobile to America and another man's `Hit Factory' brought the Motown sound to the world.
  • Black Wings - February 1st-14th - For early aviators, conquering the forces of gravity was a daunting challenge. But Black aviators had an additional challenge – conquering the forces of racism. Meet the men and women who took to the skies throughout the 20th century, proving to a segregated nation that skin color doesn’t determine skill level. From biplanes to commercial jets, and from barnstormers to war fighters, meet the path breaking pilots who opened the skies for all – and contributed in countless ways to the development of aviation.
  • Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier - February 15th-28th - America's experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race are well documented. However, few know about the moment these two worlds collided, when the White House and NASA scrambled to put the first black astronaut into orbit. This is the untold story of the decades-long battle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to be the first superpower to bring diversity to the skies, told by the black astronauts and their families, who were part of this little known chapter of the Cold War.
  • She the People: Votes for Women - March 1st-31st - Today, it seems incredible that just a century ago, American women had no voice in democracy. Just as remarkable is that it took over 70 years of campaigns, marches, hunger strikes, and arrests to pass the constitutional amendment guaranteeing them the right to vote. Witness the decades-long fight for suffrage by heroic women who fought to claim their rights as citizens, told through rarely seen footage, expert opinions, and dozens of historic objects from the Smithsonian Institution. The legacy of their quest continues to shape our democracy.
  • Life of Earth: From Space - April 1st-30th - The Life of Earth: From Space tells the extraordinary 4.5−billion−year story of our planet from a truly unique vantage point, revealing untold chapters and remarkablenew discoveries. When humankind first entered orbit almost sixty years ago, we looked back for the first time and it inspired a new genre of research called Earth Science. Now over three−hundred satellites and space−stations are deciphering Earth’s patterns and processes, past and present. Combined with theintrepid workof thousands of scientists at ground−level, our astonishing position in space is revolutionizingour under−standing every day. How did our iconic blue−marble emerge from a seething mass of molten iron and toxic gas? What triggered the first ocean, what did its ancient weather systems look like and how did life becomeplanetary force? What extraordinary discoveries have changed the way we understand the past, and canthe past become a blue−print for the future?
  • Memphis Belle in Color - May 1st-31st - details to come
  • Beyond Stonewall - June 1st-12th - details to come
  • Civil War 360: Flight for Freedom - June 13-20th - details to come
  • Battle of Midway - June 21st-30th - details to come
  • The Day we Walked on the Moon  - July 1st-31st - details to come
  • The Blitz: Days that Changed WWII - August 1st-31st - details to come
  • 9/11: Stories in Fragments - September 1st-30th - details to come
  • America's Secret Space Heroes: Hubble Telescope - October 1st-31st - details to come
  • 100 Missions: Surviving Vietnam - November 1st-14th - details to come
  • Reclaiming History: Our Native Daughters - November 15th-30th - details to come
  • Pearl Harbor: The Lost Tapes - December 1st-10th - details to come
  • Making Tracks on Mars - December 11th-31st - details to come

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