Film and TV

Alamo Drafthouse Plans Tribute Screenings for Robin Williams

The sudden and tragic death of movie and comedy legend Robin Williams felt like getting broadsided by a cinder block, as waves of updates were posted across the Internet. He seemed to have such an unrelenting well of positive energy whether he was a guest on a talk show or just doing his thing for the camera in a major motion picture. That's really what makes his passing all the more tragic. But, there's a dark side for all people, even those who spend their lives making other people happy.

Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson plans to pay tribute to one of Hollywood's greatest comedians with a series of screenings dedicated to shining a light on some of Williams' greatest films. Creative director James Wallace confirmed that they will kick off their Robin Williams tribute screenings with a Saturday Matinee showing of the 1991 film Hook starring Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan who must get his children back from his arch-nemesis Captain Hook played with by actor Dustin Hoffman.

Wallace also said they will offer an additional screening sometime on Monday in which the fans are choosing the Williams film they'd like to see on the big screen. The Drafthouse posted an update on their Facebook page with a list of possible films such as The Birdcage, Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting - Williams' only Oscar winning role. Wallace noted that they had to close the voting tally in order to get the film booked in time but they will post an update on the Facebook page and the website regarding which movie won the most number of votes. A quick scan of the Facebook comments showed that Good Morning Vietnam appears to be the frontrunner.

Proceeds from both screenings will benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.