Located in MSU's Space Science Center, the Star Theater is unlike anything else in the region. The 110-seat digital theater serves as a classroom and planetarium for the region's educators, MSU students and the general public. The Star Theater projects full 180º x 360º real-time blended video and graphics on a 40-foot dome screen using six digital projectors and state-of-the-art surround sound. In digital theater mode, the use of the all-dome video allows a broad range of programming, including simulated travel through deep space and through the deepest depths of the ocean, allowing free movement through a 3-D universe viewing endless astronomical phenomena, such as comets, planets and supernova with full motion and 3-D texturing.
The Star Theater provides an excellent tool for MSU students, area educators and the general public. Students in classes at MSU benefit from the Star Theater through visualization of astronomical concepts and phenomena. For the region's educators, the Star Theater can serve as an invaluable teaching tool to stimulate both learning and imagination in the classroom. The theater offers more than a dozen programs for students in grades K-12. The youngest visitors can explore the cosmos with “Sesame Street” characters like Elmo and Big Bird in "One World, One Sky". Students in higher grade levels can see visually impactful programs on various aspects of science, astronomy and what makes up our universe. The shows at the Star Theater help students and visitors visualize difficult concepts with an immersive experience that can foster a new appreciation and passion for learning. K-12 school shows start with an educational program, a tour of the evening sky for the date of the visit and is followed by stunning laser light shows - many of which are accompanied by popular music. The Star Theater will make sure your educational experience ends with a bang!
Out of This World Entertainment
The theater offers shows for the general public one weekend a month at a low cost for visitors of all ages. The theater also hosts MSU Night once a month for MSU students and faculty/staff and their families. Admission is free with the presentation of a valid MSU I.D. Please note that these shows are not for the general public. In addition, the theater offers special group shows for youth groups, civic organizations, etc. at a low cost.