Madrid theater showing video games

posted by Michael Zoldessy on January 9, 2007 at 11:35 am

MADRID, SPAIN — A theater is drawing in crowds by using one of its screen strictly for video games.

Yelmo Cineplex, one of Spain’s leading exhibitors, already has made its first step in 2007, saying Wednesday that it has converted one of its screens into the country’s first interactive video game experience on a big screen.

The concept, called Cinegames, uses 7.1 surround sound with smoke and laser lights as special effects in the theater, while 50 gamepads and control consoles allow individual users to connect their 17-inch screens to the larger screen, which shows the interactive game of all the participants. A commentator in the theater gives a blow-by-blow commentary of the game.

For more, go to the Hollywood Reporter.

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