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Joe Patten can stay at the Atlanta Fox – for now!

Atlanta’s ‘Phantom of the Fox’ to keep apartment for now, as he and landlord work on solution

The Associated Press
By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press
ATLANTA October 27, 2010 (AP)
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Joe Patten, Barry Graham, Bob Foreman

Joe Patten, left, known as the “Phantom of the Fox,” waves as he leaves Fulton County Superior Court… Expand
Joe Patten, left, known as the “Phantom of the Fox,” waves as he leaves Fulton County Superior Court after a judge said Patten can stay in his apartment in the historic Fox Theatre while he and a group that runs the theater work on an agreement Wednesday, Oct., 27, 2010, in Atlanta. Looking on at right are friends Bob Foreman, center, and Barry Graham. Patten, who’s 83, has lived in an apartment in the Fox since 1979, when he signed a lifelong lease. The board of trustees of the nonprofit Atlanta Landmarks in August voted to terminate that lease.
 
Joe Patten, known as the “Phantom of the Fox,” can stay in his apartment while he and a group that runs Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre work on an agreement, a judge said Wednesday.

“Both sides are working together to work this thing out, and it’s my hope that they will be able to work it out,” Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter said.

Patten, 83, has lived in the apartment beneath the Fox’s onion-shaped dome since 1979, when he signed a lifelong lease. The board of trustees of the nonprofit Atlanta Landmarks, which runs the Fox, voted in August to terminate that lease. That meant Patten would have been required to leave by Dec. 1.

Patten’s lawyer Emmet Bondurant sued earlier this month seeking an injunction to keep Patten from having to vacate, plus punitive and compensatory damages and a jury trial.

The judge canceled a hearing in the matter Wednesday after he met with lawyers for both sides and the parties agreed to work out a solution.

Patten, who waited in a courtroom while the judge and lawyers met, was “tickled to death” after his lawyer explained that he would be allowed to stay.

“It’s wonderful. I was hoping it would turn out like this,” he said, a giant smile on his face. “That’s exactly what I wanted.”

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