Bigger is better for Xbox fans

Mitchell O'Brien (17), Neal Hayes (17) and Roberto San Juan (16) play Xbox games at Oamaru Movie...
Mitchell O'Brien (17), Neal Hayes (17) and Roberto San Juan (16) play Xbox games at Oamaru Movie World 3. Photo by Sally Rae.
When Neal Hayes turned 17 a few weeks ago, he celebrated his birthday by inviting some friends over to play on his Xbox - on the big screens at the family-owned Oamaru Movie World 3.

There were eight gamers playing on two Xboxes - one was set up in the 14-seat "parlour" and the other in the 53-seat "drawing room" - with a cable running between the two theatres.

Afterwards, the boys described playing on the big screen as "really sweet".

Now, Neal is hoping others will want to join in the fun.

The Hayes family has decided to open the theatres to the public on Saturday mornings so gaming enthusiasts can experience playing on the big screen for themselves.

Bookings are essential and gamers must bring their own gear.

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