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NOT-FOR-PROFIT ATLANTA FOX MANAGER ALLAN VELLA EARNS MORE THAN $600,000 A YEAR!

Atlanta Fox Theatre Manager Allen Vella (below, blue) made $633,548 in 2018, a raise of $51,000 from the previous year.  His assistant Adino Alford (red) received a raise of $88,845, bringing her annual compensation near the $300,000 mark.  More than half of the Fox manager's income is derived from bonuses based on a percentage of the Fox Theatre's earnings.  The total earnings for those listed below is $2.12 million.


"TO PRESERVE, RESTORE, AND MAINTAIN"
The Fox Theatre is granted non-profit, tax-exempt status by virtue of their stated purpose, and with assets of $81 million, the Fox can afford to restore.  Yet in February 2020, the Fox announced that they would not spend the money to restore the Moller organ console to original condition; instead, they chose to replace its unique electro-pneumatic controls with a computer.  This act runs contrary to the Fox' stated purpose, as defined in their corporate bylaws.  

In direct contravention of their stated purpose, the Fox altered the building itself to create the "Marquee Club" situated on the roof of the Arcade.  Patron convenience was slept aside when the Fox demolished half of the public bathrooms serving the orchestra level to make way for the private club's street entry.  These restrooms had been carved out of a retail store in 1987 by the late Joe Patten, the man whose apartment they have converted to offices after their unsuccessful and illegal efforts to evict him.
Every ticket price includes a $3.50 "restoration" donation.  Where does your donation go?  To "not restore" the Fox?   To subsidize outrageous manager's salaries?  To build a VIP club which costs $6000 a year to join?

Why not file a complaint with the IRS?  It's as easy as ABC.  Here is the very simple one-page form, which can be emailed.

To download a form and submit it at the IRS website, click here.


September, 2020

JOHN PERRY, FIRST LEGIT HOUSE MANAGER AT FOX, HAS PASSED

John Perry was the first House Manager after the Fox was acquired by Atlanta Landmarks, Inc. in 1975.  Previously he had worked at Theatre of the Stars and the Winter Play Season in the same capacity.  He was born in 1950, and he died in 2018.

This photo was taken at Joe Patten's birthday party in January, 1976, held in the Grand Salon.

This date of this shot is unknown.

May, 2020

JOE PATTEN'S APARTMENT TO BECOME OFFICE SPACE

In permit drawings prepared on behalf of the Fox, the late Joe Patten's apartment is to be converted into office space for theatre purposes.  Fox Theatre Inc. current top management and Board are the same people who unsuccessfully attempted to evict Patten from his apartment ten years ago.  On this plan of the lower level, Joe's kitchen (left) is labeled "Break Room" and in his office (right) the hinged bookcase is not shown.

Here is their summary of work, and somehow they are exempted from providing handicap access to the upper level.  Joe's 36 year tenancy is referred to as "temporarily used as an apartment."
Here are the notes which pertain to the drawing above, and they plan to retain Joe's safe-- twice.

And a portion of the title page:



To see photographs of the apartment when Joe lived there, click here.

January 16, 2020.

WJTL RADIO TOWER AT ATLANTA FOX THEATRE

From 1931 until 1937, a radio tower sat atop the Egyptian Ballroom of the Yaarab Shrine Mosque, a/k/a the Atlanta Fox Theatre.

The transmitter for WJTL [John Thomas Lupton], the AM radio station belonging to Oglethorpe University, was located in a supply room off of the Egyptian Ballroom balcony stairwell, and broadcasts originated at the university campus, ten miles north.  (The Yaarab Shrine Mosque leased the space to the school, and the Fox Theatre was not at all involved.)  Oglethorpe lost the station in 1935, and two years later the tower was relocated to the Henry Grady Hotel for the aptly renamed WATL.  From the university yearbook:  







From RCA Broadcast News, January 1932:

January, 2020.

FOX MANAGER MAKES HALF MILLION DOLLARS, SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

Atlanta Fox Theatre Manager Allen Vella made over half a million dollars in 2017, and the year before he made almost the same.  His assistant Adino Alford pulled down $230 grand.  More than half of the Fox manager's income is derived from bonuses based on a percentage of the Fox Theatre's earnings.  

GIVES TO THE RICH, TAKES FROM THE POOR
The Fox Theatre is a non-profit, tax-exempt institution.  Yet the creation of the "Marquee Club" guarantees a lot more income, which will translate into a larger bonus for the managers.  To make the club possible, they demolished half of the public bathrooms serving the orchestra level. 
Every ticket price includes a $3.50 "restoration" donation.  Thus, the average patron is subsidizing these outrageous manager's salaries and a VIP club which costs $6000 a year to join.

What can you do about this?  File a complaint with the IRS, it's as easy as ABC,  Here is the very simple one-page form, which can be emailed.

To download a form and submit it at the IRS website, click here.


October, 2019

ROBBIE IRVIN 1955-2019 "WORLD'S YOUNGEST THEATRE ORGANIST"

Robert "Robbie" Irvin who was billed at age fifteen as the "world's youngest theatre organist" was discovered by Joe Patten, the Phantom of the Atlanta Fox Theatre, as described in this 1971 article.

Robbie, who remained a professional keyboardist for the rest of his life, passed away at age 63 on January 11, 2019 in Manhattan, his home for twenty-five years.

Robbie, 17, at the East Point (Georgia) Theatre, where Joe Patten was installing a miniature Moller.

Robbie's father, a pilot for Delta, was a survivor of the Winecoff Hotel fire (1946) in which his brother Harold perished.

May, 2019

FOX MANAGER ALLAN VELLA EARNS MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!

The most recent Fox Theatre tax return released (for the year 2016) reveals Alan Vella's total compensation as $581,980. 


That figure represents a THIRTY PERCENT INCREASE over the previous year.  Perhaps he can donate the funds required to restore the organ!




May, 2018