To mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre, it will be undergoing a major refurbishment, including new laser projectors.

Bringing together the original 70mm film and next-generation IMAX with Laser, the new IMAX will deliver brighter images with greater contrast as well as the widest range of colours available to organisers and filmmakers. The refurbishment will also see the introduction of IMAX’s 12-channel sound system, producing a 3D sound experience.

Due to open in summer 2020, IMAX: The Ronson Theatre will be one of only two screens in Europe to feature dual 4K laser projectors, allowing the museum to host newly-released blockbusters, 3D educational films and cinema classics, as well as an array of live events.

The design by Ellis Williams Architects features modern cinema seating for visitors and delegates to enjoy films and events, while a new concessions area includes a relaxed seating area and refreshments bar. The redevelopment has been made possible by the support of The Gerald and Gail Ronson Family Foundation.

Business development and marketing manager at the Science Museum, Jodie Guilford, said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time at the Science Museum as the IMAX undergoes this considerable investment, which will provide clients with the opportunity to incorporate the latest in laser technology as part of their events. The IMAX Theatre is already a popular option for clients wanting to host award ceremonies, product launches or conferences outside of a traditional conference venue and following the revamp we expect demand for the space to grow even further. We’re excited to see our clients take their events to the next level with the opportunity to utilise the next-generation laser technology that will soon be available in IMAX: The Ronson Theatre.”

The museum’s IMAX Theatre will be closed from 2 February 2020 to allow the redevelopment work to take place.