Surprising Stuff

Showboat Theaters.
Not Showboat anymore, however. Emagine Entertainment, the owner of seventeen theaters in the Midwest, has taken over after purchasing the empty shell where Showboat was. This effort will be the company’s first theater in Wisconsin. The management team of Emagine is actively contracting away to get the theater open by the fall of 2018. The theater is scheduled to be a multiplex, with all the most modern of conveniences for a theater. food and drinks are going to be served, and Emagine is also, like a whole lot of other businesses lately, actively seeking a liquor license. Luxury seating, motion seating, DBOX seating, reserved seating and more places to especially place moviegoer derrieres’ than you want to read about here, are being built in. Slip some of the public’s backends into those special seats, dreamed up by some weird science fiction designer, and they should enjoy full food service (diverse menu of top quality, whatever pre-packaged food you might want) no matter what the quality of the movie. Are burgers and fries coming next, once they open? According to the new owners, the answer is “yes.”


Well, not really. No cats or living things, other then semi-conscious and semi-autonomous WE and Alliant workers will be using the alleys south of Main Street as they are laying something other than eggs through and under them. Easter is coming, so they should consider eggs. For some reason, completely impossible to understand, the highway, concrete and digging forces of Southern Wisconsin have gathered like locusts, to feed off of the anger and frustration of local citizens, many totally whacked out by the lack of care and planning being exhibited by this poorly noted and advertised work.


Brian Pollard.
The name is a good one, with a good history and fine reputation.  The man behind the name is one of Lake Geneva’s biggest developers.  Once encountered by the Geneva Shore Report, with respect to a development that was being taken badly by some neighbors of that development, the man was the most amazingly cooperative and agreeable development leader ever.  Who is this guy, anyway?  He has begun his approved Symphony Bay development for older people over on Highway 120.  Good place for high-density housing.  The controversy over the development has nothing to do with the development itself.  It has to do with how Pollard has tied the purchase of units within the development to Geneva Lake.  Brian has fashioned an agreement whereby the people who purchase in  Symphony Bay get to have lake access.  What is meant by lake access is at the very foundation of the current controversy.  Brian owns several hundred feet of the shoreline at the south end of BigFoot Beach, down across from the Boat House restaurant complex and right near the Lazarroni buoys and piers.  Brian also owns a plot of land next door to the Boat House and has applied to Town of Linn to build a private clubhouse for the Symphony Bay owners.  Those owners could visit the private clubhouse and enjoy privileges across South Lake Shore Drive at the few piers running out from the Pollard land there.  What about traffic?  The projected boathouse is set to have 63 parking slots.  That’s a lot for that bad curve of the road.  What about the number of people going back and forth across that busy road to access the water?  What about this step, the complex and its tie to the development on Highway 120 and the further commercialization of the waterfront?

There is little doubt that Brian Pollard is a good man.  The question?  Is this good man doing a good thing?


Stop Sign Lake Geneva

The ‘strange’ stop sign placement in the middle of Broad and Geneva Street intersection.

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