Bitter negotiations at the Fox Theatre
ATLANTA, GA — The 83 year old Joe Patten, who was instrumental in saving the Fox Theatre over 30 years ago, is questioning his future with the theatre following his rejection of a new lease.
Still, Joe Patten is sad and disappointed that after 31 years of living rent free in his Fox apartment according to the original lease, Patten believes the theater board is trying to find a way to squeeze him out.
“They need the space,” Patten said. “And I think there’s a greater reason that for some reason or another they resent my operation here in the building.”
Patten says the new lease agreement includes conditions and exclusions that would make it difficult, if not impossible for him to continue to live in the apartment with his health.
Read more at NBC 11 Atlanta.
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