NOTE: THE LAST LASERIUM SHOW
OCCURRED IN SEPTEMBER 2000

AFTER 26 YEARS, LASERIUM ENDS ITS SAN FRANCISCO ENGAGEMENT

Long a fixture at Morrison Planetarium in Golden Gate Park, LASERIUM will close on Labor Day, September 4th. LASERIUM was developed by Los Angeles filmmaker Ivan Dryer in 1973 and was the world’s first continuing laser show, introducing millions to a brand-new art form. It was first performed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles in 1973, then came to San Francisco’s Morrison Planetarium in 1974 for two long-running engagements (1974-1979 and 1982-2000). Though "light shows" had been done before — combining visual effects and music - there had never been anything like LASERIUM, with its brilliant, intensely-colored images that ranged from simple geometrics, spirograms, and wispy, seemingly 3-D cloud-shapes. The star-filled dome of the Planetarium provided a perfect backdrop, turning shows into a cosmic, almost "trippy" experience. It brought new audiences to the Planetarium and to the Academy of Sciences, some of whom saw LASERIUM as kids and who are now bringing their OWN children. Since LASERIUM’s debut in 1974, lasers have become more familiar to people and more widespread in their uses. No longer the exclusive property of science fiction movies and television shows, lasers are now seen in supermarket checkstand scanners, CD players, and in as pointers in classrooms and lecture halls. But although lasers are commonplace today, many people saw a laser in action for the first time at a LASERIUM show in the Planetarium. LASERIUM currently presents "MOONROCK," featuring space-themed music, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Starting Wednesday, August 30th, LASERIUM’s most popular show — Pink Floyd’s "Dark Side of the Moon," featuring the classic rock album of the same name, returns through Labor Day.

August 25, 26 & 27--5:00 MoonRock, Fri-Sat-Sun

August 30-September 1--5:00 MoonRock, 7:30 & 9:00 Dark Side of the Moon

September 2-- 5:00 MoonRock, 9:00 Dark Side of the Moon

September 3-- 5:00 MoonRock, 7:30 & 9:00 Dark Side of the Moon

September 4-- 5:00 MoonRock, 7:30 Dark Side of the Moon

(no 7:30 show on Sept. 2nd and no 9:00 show on Sept 4th)

Ticket information (415) 750-7138

Adults: $7.00

Students, Seniors and Members: $6.00

Children 6-12: $4.00