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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Click here to see the WSB-TV Save the Organ interview!
Destruction of the Atlanta Fox Theatre's famed Moller pipe organ is likely to occur unless protests are raised.
The Fox has solicited bids which could potentially result in the complete electronic replacement of the complex and original inner workings of their priceless Moller organ.
Because the thousands of electro-pneumatic switches contained within the ninety-year-old organ console have begun to fail to a major extent, repair bids have been placed.
The good news is that part of the bidding process involves requests for complete restoration of the Moller console as built. But bidding specifications also include replacement of the workings with electronic components, instead of restoration.
Appraised ten years ago at $4.8 million dollars, the organ is an invaluable treasure in need of Total Restoration, which is never the expedient. "To restore and preserve" is the chartered purpose of the Fox which has assets of almost $60 million, according to filings with the Internal Revenue Service.
Please register your protest with the Fox: CUT and PASTE the below, click the link, and send the Fox an email.
PLEASE RESTORE THE MOLLER PIPE ORGAN TO ITS ORIGINAL AS-BUILT CONDITION. SAVE THE ORGAN!