Aliens, mutants, and robots descend upon OMSI’s Empirical Theater for 18-day film fest

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 3, 2018) – Entertaining. Inspirational. Thought-provoking. Science fiction cinema as both art and insight into popular thinking on the future is celebrated at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s 2018 Sci-Fi Film Festival. From August 8 – August 26 the festival will showcase more than 20 of science fiction’s most memorable films on the Empirical Theater’s giant four-story screen. From 1950’s classics such as Forbidden Planet to recent favorites like Ready Player One, the festival has films sure to entice a wide cross section of sci-fi fans.


For the first time, OMSI’s popular Reel Science and Reel Eats events are also part of the festival. Portland professor, author, and astrophysicist Ethan Siegel speaks at the August 8 Reel Science featuring the Michael J. Fox hit Back to the Future, while the August 23 Reel Eats pairs a playfully designed tasting menu of 10-12 bites with Ridley Scott’s iconic Blade Runner. Additionally, the must-see lineup includes an assortment of curated film combinations. Alex Garland Night on August 16 spotlights Ex Machina and Annihilation with a David Lynch Double Feature of Dune and Eraserhead on tap for the following evening. Plus, attendees to Robot Theater on Saturday evening August 18 receive free passes to OMSI’s current feature exhibition Robot Revolution. For a full list of other can’t miss and terrific films during the festival, please visit


Festival Passes
Plan on attending multiple shows or events? Buy an exclusive Festival pass and save! Pass holders receive admission to forty festival screenings including the August 8 Reel Science featuring a screening of Back to the Future and a talk by Portland's favorite astrophysicist Ethan Siegel. Pass holders also receive a discount to OMSI’s popular Reel Eats experience, a cinematic and culinary convergence. The August 23 Reel Eats features Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner: The Final Cut.


Festival passes are priced at:

$30 Adult / $25 Senior (63+) & Youth (3-13)

Add $25 to any pass for admission to the August 23 Reel Eats screening of Blade Runner.

OMSI members receive $3 off any pass option


Tickets are available for individual shows and may be purchased online at, at the OMSI front desk, or by phone at 503-797-4000.
$7 Adult | $6 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
OMSI members receive $1 off

Individual tickets for the August 23 Reel Eats screening of Blade Runner are $30 for all ages.


Festival Schedule

Wednesday, August 8
6:30pm  Back to the Future –  Reel Science presents the Robert Zemeckis film classic with a presentation by Portland professor, author, and astrophysicist Ethan Siegel on "The Science of Traveling To The Future.... And Back. "


Thursday, August 9
6:30pm  Soylent Green
8:15pm  Aliens


Friday, August 10
6:00pm  They Live
7:45pm  12 Monkeys
10:00pm  Deadpool 2


Saturday, August 11
5:00pm  Galaxy Quest
6:45pm  Close Encounters of the Third Kind
9:15pm  Aliens


Sunday, August 12
4:00pm  Galaxy Quest
6:00pm  Back to the Future
8:00pm  Avengers: Infinity War


Monday, August 13
5:30pm Ready Player One
8:00pm They Live


Tuesday, August 14
5:15pm Soylent Green


Wednesday, August 15
6:00pm  Close Encounters of the Third Kind
8:30pm  12 Monkeys


Thursday, August 16
6:30pm  Annihilation
8:30pm  Ex Machina


Friday, August 17
5:00pm   Avengers: Infinity War
8:00pm   Dune
10:30pm  Eraserhead


Saturday, August 18
5:00pm  Forbidden Planet
6:45pm  A.I.
9:00pm  Ex Machina


Sunday, August 19
5:00pm  Close Encounters of the Third Kind
7:15pm  Solo: A Star Wars Story


Monday, August 20
5:00pm  Deadpool 2
7:00pm  Forbidden Planet
8:45pm  A.I.


Tuesday, August 21
No Screenings


Wednesday, August 22
6:30pm  Alphaville
8:15pm  Dune


Thursday, August 23
7:00pm Blade Runner (Final Cut) – Reel Eats presents Blade Runner accompanied by a 10-12 curated bites arranged in numbered boxes matching key moments in the film.


Friday, August 24
5:30pm  The Last Starfighter
7:45pm  The Matrix
10:30pm  Eraserhead


Saturday, August 25
5:00pm  The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
7:00pm  Blade Runner (Final Cut)
9:15pm  Blade Runner 2049


Sunday, August 26
5:00pm  The Last Starfighter
7:00pm  The Matrix



About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit