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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 Affiliate, the Air Zoo has access to the Smithsonian Channel’s award-winning programming on popular topics such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. To make the stories we tell more inclusive, the Air Zoo presents programming that reflects the accomplishments of women, First Nations, people of color, LGBTQIA+, those with disabilities, and other aspects of our diverse local communities. These films may go beyond the scope of aviation, space, and science. 

Watch the calendar or bookmark this theater listing for upcoming features!

Now Playing:

  • The Day we Walked on the Moon  - July 1st-31st - Astronauts, members of NASA’s Mission Control, and the children of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin share their behind-the-scenes memories of the iconic day. It is a story that ranges from the deeply personal to the grand and historic, an in-depth look at one of the most important 24-hour periods in history. Rating: TV-PG

Coming up:

  • The Blitz: Days that Changed WWII - August 1st-31st - From Black Saturday in the East End, to the ruins of Coventry Cathedral, to all the all-out assault on St Paul's, a collection of footage of the Blitz and the everyday people who defied it. Rating: 16+
  • 9/11: Stories in Fragments - September 1st-30th - The events of September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten. Stories from New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA remind us that the legacy of 9/11 is not fear, but the friendship and courage of ordinary people pushed by extraordinary circumstances. Rating: TV-PG
  • America's Secret Space Heroes: Hubble Telescope - October 1st-31st - When it was launched in April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was called the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo in 1610. The inside story of how it was made and put into outer space by those who built it. Rating: TV-PG
  • 100 Missions: Surviving Vietnam - November 1st-14th - During the Vietnam War, US Air Force pilots who flew 100 combat missions could go home. The tension built relentlessly as they survived each sortie. This is the story of the survivors and the fallen. Rating: TV-PG
  • Reclaiming History: Our Native Daughters - November 15th-30th - Discover why four Black female artists recorded an album of "hillbilly, country music" and watch it come to life. Rating: TV-PG
  • Pearl Harbor: The Lost Tapes - December 1st-10th - The attack on Pearl Harbour is brought to life, using film, radio and news reports of the time as well as recently declassified government documents. Rating: TV-PG
  • Making Tracks on Mars - December 11th-31st - An up-close look at NASA's decades-long mission to reach and explore Mars, including its latest rover, the high-tech Perseverance. Rating: TV-G

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