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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 A YEAR

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

ATLANTA FOX THEATRE MOLLER ORGAN -- 1963 INSPECTION REPORT AND ATOE ARTICLE, 2008 APPRAISAL EXCERPTS

This photograph and others were produced by Ben Hall and taken in 1969 for a Life Magazine article which appeared two years later.

To view this photograph in greater detail (PDF format), click here.

The 1963 Restoration report to the Fox from the Atlanta Chapter of the ATOS (ATOE):

 [Page 2 missing]


The winter 1963 National ATOE Theatre Organ magazine spread on the Fox Moller:






Factual excerpts from the 2008 appraisal of the Fox Moller:






If you have not already done so, please take thirty seconds to register your protest with the Fox before it is too late!

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!

SAVE THE ORGAN! ATLANTA FOX THEATRE

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!

https://www.foxtheatre.org/about/contact-us

Thanks so much,


Patti Patten and Bob Foreman



April 26, 2018