MIDTOWN: Settlement reached between 'Phantom', Fox Theatre

5:30 PM, Jun 21, 2011   |    comments
Fox Theatre's live-in "Phantom", Joe Patten
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ATLANTA - The so-called "Phantom of the Fox" will live out the rest of his life in his Fox Theatre apartment. A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed against Atlanta Landmarks.

"Joe Patten, Atlanta Landmarks and Woody White are pleased to announce that they have resolved all of the claims and issues associated with Mr. Patten's lawsuit and that the lawsuit will be dismissed," a joint statement released by the Atlanta Landmarks, Woody White and Patten said Tuesday.

In 1979, Patten, the 83-year-old man known as the "Phantom of the Fox," signed a lease with Atlanta Landmarks allowing him to live in a renovated office space in the theater rent-free for the rest of his life.

Patten sued Atlanta Landmarks, the organization that operates the Fox Theatre in October 2010. The lawsuit came after the Fox's board of trustees changed the terms of Patten's lease in August 2010, saying Patten could stay in his unique Fox Theatre apartment until he needed around-the-clock care.

"Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which are confidential, Mr. Patten will continue to live in the apartment and Atlanta Landmarks will continue to have the right to manage the theatre property," Tuesday's joint statement said.

Patten is widely credited with saving the Fox Theatre from demolition and a fire. He's also said to be one of the only people in the World who can maintain the Fox Theatre's famous organ, "Mighty Mo."

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