‘Phantom of the Fox’ fights to remain in upstairs apartment

posted by Mike Rogers on November 3, 2010 at 7:58 am

ATLANTA, GA — Some positive movement in the trial for Joe Patten to remain at the Fox Theatre, where he’s lived and led operations for 30 plus years.

The Fox Theatre released a statement saying the parties had agreed to keep Patten’s original lease in place “for the time being.”

“It has and it continues to be the intent of Atlanta Landmarks to allow Mr. Patten to live in the apartment as long as he is able,” the Fox said in a statement. “We hope that today’s proceedings will lead to a mutually beneficial resolution, which has always been our desire.”

Read more in the Washington Post.

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Comments (6)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm

What is so special about Mr.Patten is his knowledge of the Fox Theatre and should be treated with respect.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on November 4, 2010 at 10:48 am

Some “big-wig” probably wants that space for their own benefit!

CSWalczak on November 4, 2010 at 11:04 am

It is unfortunate that this story is playing out in the glare of the news media; based on what I have read, my guess is that the legal advisors to the Fox management have become concerned about liability issues that quite possibly could arise if theater staff are expected to provide medical and other supportive assistance to Mr. Patten as a result of his advancing age over and above anything specified in the original lease agreement. In this age of “sue thy neighbor,” I can understand why a need arose to clarify some points that no doubt were not considered when Mr. Patten was given the use of the lodgings (which I am sure were not designed within ADA guidelines). I just think that a solution could have been found without painting the Fox management as villains and Mr. Patten as a beleaguered, unappreciated victim.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Yes,it could have been handled alot better,but AP has picked up the Story now so its everywhere now.

TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Whats the news now?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

Haven’t heard anything.

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