IMAX is set to introduce its first laser projectors into the UK this summer, along with a new 12-channel surround sound system.

The Empire in Leicester Square, which boasts the widest screen in the UK, will be the first cinema to be fitted with the laser projectors, Pocket-lint reported.

The screen cannot currently be filled by traditional bulb projectors, but the new laser IMAX projector will fill the whole 15.6 metre by 26.5 metre screen, improving the contrast, colour and brightness.

IMAX will also be debuting its new 12-channel surround sound system in its Leicester Square cinema. The system features four overhead speakers that offer an unbeatable sound experience and double the number of channels that the current system offers.

When asked about future plans for IMAX, senior executive VP Greg Foster told Pocket-lint that he dreams of a time when IMAX will offer film releases early, ahead of traditional cinemas.

IMAX (an acronym for Image MAXimum) is a motion picture film format that has the capacity to record and display images of far greater size and resolution than normal film systems.