A cinema in the north of England has announced plans to upgrade to a new digital projector for its IMAX screen that will allow it to show the biggest new films in the best possible format.

The National Media Museum in Bradford will close its IMAX screen for a short period to install the new technology at the site, with work expected to be completed in time for the release of major 2015 movies such as Spectre and The Force Awakens.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, director of the National Media Museum, explained that upgrading the IMAX screen at the site to a digital projector shows the museum's commitment to film.

She said: "Upgrading the IMAX theatre is part of our promise to improve the cinema operation at the Museum through our partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas – and crucial to us achieving our ambition to be the place in Yorkshire to see film."

The IMAX screen at the museum is already the largest screen in Yorkshire but in recent months the site has been unable to show new movies such as the final installation of The Hobbit trilogy due to its older technology.

Upgrading to a new digital projector will allow the museum to show the biggest and best films of the year in IMAX format. The museum also announced plans to host a Widescreen Weekend from 15 to 18 October to celebrate the best of cinema technology past and present.

Ms Quinton-Tulloch said: "The return of Widescreen Weekend is very exciting indeed. It's a completely unique festival and, with its focus on cinema technologies past and present, one that only this museum can deliver."