Roosevelt update

posted by LouisRugani on July 4, 2007 at 7:45 am

KENOSHA, WI — The City has ordered a raze-or-repair order for the Roosevelt Theatre. I don’t think the building is that bad, as I was in it in the Spring. The proscenium arch is gone but the rest of the interior structure looks presentable. The building has two usable store fronts and large upstairs apartment. For more, call me at (262) 652-3034.

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Comments (9)

MiltonSmith on July 4, 2007 at 8:17 am

Guess the city is itching to tear it down for something else. I never thought the structure looked in THAT bad of shape! Very strange.

theatre4sale on July 17, 2007 at 10:41 am

Hey Lou I tried calling you today but there was no answer. Do you have any idea of the asking price? Would the building have to be restored to its original condition?

rivieraservices on July 23, 2007 at 12:50 am

I think some rich developer is paying off some city official so he can destroy it and build condos!

MiltonSmith on July 23, 2007 at 8:09 am

I doubt its some rich developer trying to build condos, not the right area.

rivieraservices on July 23, 2007 at 10:34 am

I talked to the civil servant taking care of it and for some reason he could'nt tell me why it had a demolition order against it. Someone must be paying off the city officials because they have something else planned for that spot. Its kind of sick when you think about it.

MiltonSmith on July 23, 2007 at 11:13 am

Oh, I’m sure someone is after it. Its a case of a large empty building doing nothing, developers see $$$. Since no one else is jumping at making it a theater, it probably will meet the wrecking ball.

rivieraservices on July 24, 2007 at 1:23 am

Sad but true and theres no way to contact the owner John Gee. The asking price is only 110 000. I would buy it tommorrow if I had the chance to meet the owner. But I think once the city has put a demolition order against the politics involved must stick like fish. It would probably be hard to overturn the raise order. By then the developer is throwing so much money in the face of the civil servant, he just wants to get it over with.

MiltonSmith on July 24, 2007 at 6:57 am

Actually, I don’t think it would be hard to overturn the raze or repair order, just someone would have to get in there and do something with it. Problem is, no one has wanted to. That’s some prime real estate there and the city doesn’t like huge empty buildings. If you want to blame anybody, blame the current owner for just letting it sit.

Mariam on April 24, 2018 at 6:13 am

Denis Galanin , known by the nickname friv4school, likes to give his games calling, big names. His first work, released seven years ago, was called Hamlet, or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement (Hamlet, or The Last friv4school Game without MMORPG Elements, Shaders and Advertising). Now here is The Franz Kafka Videogame . But thank God, there is more than just speculation on famous names and titles.

Let me remind you that Franz Kafka is a cult Czech writer of the early twentieth century, who wrote very strange psychological texts, sometimes frankly absurdist, and sometimes just sad, filled with anxiety, depression and a small man’s fear of the outside world. In the famous novels “The Castle” and “The Process,” he prevented the absurdity and alarm with social satire and parody of the bureaucracy, and in “Transformation” the protagonist, the simple salesman Gregor Zamza, woke up in the morning and found himself a hideous insect, memory.

Some stories combine anxiety and at the same time some kind of light sadness, putting all this literally into two sentences. For example, the story “Looking out of the window absent-mindedly:” What are we going to do in these spring days, which are now quickly coming? This morning the sky was gray, and coming to the window now, you marvel and press your cheek against the handle of the window. At the bottom you see the light, however, of the low sun on the girl’s face, which is walking and looking around, and at the same time you see on it the shadow of the man who catches her. But now the man has gone, and the child’s face is absolutely light. "

It is clear why Denis Galanin decided to make a game on such a difficult material. In Hamlet, or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement, he has already shown his love for the absurd: there the Prince of Denmark rescues Ophelia from Claudius playing an electric guitar, kills Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with the help of a huge octopus, dodges Polonius’s grenades and wakes some grandfather, so that he caught the bait penguin.

But it was pure parody, comedy, and almost “casual” – the project was published by the well-known company Alawar Entertainment , so Hamlet had many simple mini-games. And to turn Kafka into such a circus with horses – it’s somehow completely below the baseboard. thereforeThe Franz Kafka Videogame looks different.

Of course, there is no question of any serious study of the “Kafkaese” theme – only Icebreakers from Ice-Pick Lodge , Mor. Utopia . “ The author uses Kafka’s works as an excuse, confining himself mainly to purely external, superficial references to famous works.

The protagonist, Dr. K., who lives in Bohemia in the sample of 1924, is engaged in psychoanalysis, treats patients with hypnosis, and then some man in the suit tells him to go to America, to the “Castle” corporation, and teleports him to train, where K. meets the upright duck-stoker and exclaims: “Well, finally, at least one sane person!”

The train drives into the belly of a huge ship that flies to America in a big balloon, where Dr. K. is trying to reach the “Castle” corporation until his old age. Meanwhile in Bohemia detective Gregor Zamza, waking up after a nightmare, discovers that he has turned into an insect. Just at that moment, Dr. K.’s girl comes to him and asks him to find the missing person …

This is the plot and puzzles, of which, in fact, is The Franz Kafka friv4school Videogame . The principle is the same as in the Hamlet : one action, one screen, one puzzle. Somewhere, like in the previous game of Galanin , a purely “self-growth” mechanics is used: we just click on various items on the screen or drag them to make something happen. In one place, for example, you need to break a big egg, where the eagle will come out and carry a cow to the clouds blocking the way of the locomotive.

Somewhere there are amusing parodies like a simulator of a board game or even a fighting friv4school game. But most often we solve enough abstract puzzles of a different degree of absurdity. Especially a lot of puzzles for mindfulness and associative thinking. For example, we should see in the cluster of lurid patterns some figures and in the correct sequence to activate them or arrange objects on the stage so that when the light is off, the silhouette of a huge rabbit turned out. Or write the opposite word, imagining that it is reflected in the mirror.

With rare exceptions, understandable logic in these puzzles, as in most of Franz Kafka’s texts, very little. The writer wanted the main character to turn into a disgusting insect, and that’s it. So in the game: I want the letter G to represent the number 9, and that’s it, guess yourself!

Thank God, the puzzles themselves turned out to be truly non-trivial (even the notorious “spots” are furnished with interesting!), And they can always use hints – they do not open immediately, but after a while, leaving the player a chance to solve something himself. In the same place, where the usual logic does not work, the logic naturally comes to the aid, absurd. To win in battle, it is enough just to move the health indicator from the enemy to zero – it turned out ironically and gracefully!

Of course, in The Franz Kafka Videogame the very creativity of Kafka is less than we would like and what could have been, take someone seriously for a great game based on the “Castle”, “Process” or “Transformation”. The picture here is pleasant and stylish, but not “kafkianskaya” – it does not cause either anxiety, fear or disgust. The music is the same – melodic and generally light rather than sad. And the final of history looks quite finished, unlike many works of the great Czech neurotic. And yet, within the limits of his abilities and the chosen genre Denis Galanin made a really interesting, stylish and cute game that develops abstract thinking and in some way accurately conveys the atmosphere of many Kafka textsexpressing the fear and anxiety of a small person in front of all these corporations, organizations, policemen, girls and patients. He is better off alone, with a dog – in his dreams and under hypnosis …

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