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Digital Video Theater & Planetarium

All P-H-M DVT & Planetarium shows are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 national emergency. We are working through logistics at this time so please be patient with us as we navigate these unprecedented times. We have not yet worked out what shows will be rescheduled or how we will process credits and/or refunds. Our buildings and PHM Administration are focused on preparing the students for extended eLearning. We anticipate that we'll be able to work through some of these logistics after this initial hurdle. Thank you for your patronage and your support!


 

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P-H-M DVT & Planetarium is transitioning to a new service for online ticket purchasing, seat reservation & payment.

 

Click here to purchase tickets from our online vendor, Vanco.

 

Click here for a full schedule of public shows for the 2019-2020 school year. 

 

*Please note, if P-H-M schools are closed or P-H-M evening activities are cancelled, the DVT/Planetarium is also closed and the shows for that day will also be cancelled. If a show is cancelled due to a P-H-M closure, all pre-paid tickets will be refunded. Otherwise, tickets are non-refundable.
 

The Digital Video Theater (DVT) & Planetarium is an outstanding educational resource to P-H-M schools and the greater St. Joseph County community, supporting learning across the curriculum and at all grade levels.

The DVT is open during the P-H-M School year  providing “digital” lessons projected in the state-of-the-art dome to P-H-M students and teachers, as well as hundreds of students and educators from neighboring districts who also visit for scheduled field trips. 

Additionally, the facility hosts nearly 50 informative and entertaining public shows each year, with topics ranging from Astronomy to Rock & Roll.  These shows are offered at a nominal cost and are also open to members of the general public. Please check back in August for the list of 2019-20 show schedule.

The DVT/Planetarium also includes an air and space museum that contains artifacts donated by astronauts and some which are on loan from the Johnson Space Center and the Smithsonian. Some artifacts have actually traveled to space and been on or come from the Moon! So plan on arriving for your show a bit early to take time to look around.

As part of P-H-M’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing on July 20, 2019, we asked former DVT & Planetarium Director Art Klinger to share his thoughts on the importance of space exploration. Click here to watch the video ...

P-H-M Teachers visit dvt.phmschools.org for more details on:

  • The list of shows available or recommended for classroom visits
  • How P-H-M teachers should schedule their classroom visits
  • Frequently asked questions about visiting the DVT/Planetarium
  • Links to recommended astronomy and “sky events” websites

Location & Contact Information

The DVT & Planetarium is located inside Bittersweet Elementary School (directly east of the Educational Services Center)
55860 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545

Melinda O’Malley, is the director of P-H-M’s Planetarium and Digital Video Theater. Contact her at (574) 258-9569 or momalley@phm.k12.in.us.