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“Genie, You’re Free”: Remembering Robin Williams

"You're only given a little spark of madness, you mustn't lose it."

“Genie, You’re Free”: Remembering Robin Williams

"You're only given a little spark of madness, you mustn't lose it."

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."

"We've had cloning in the South for years. It's called cousins."

The comedic genius of Robin Williams is inexplicable. You can't describe it correctly, but when you see it, three things usually happen, sometimes in this order, sometimes not and sometimes all at once: Your jaw drops, you start laughing so hard you become silent and look ridiculous and a smile stays glued to your face until the other two things happen again.

My grandparents loved witnessing Robin Williams, my parents loved witnessing Robin Williams, I loved witnessing Robin Williams. How many entertainers can you say that about?

The news of his untimely death earlier this week has broken the hearts of many, but it's also given an outlet to an outpouring of love, support, stories, laughter and remembrance. On the one hand I am extremely saddened by it, but I can't help but be in awe at seeing the overwhelming impact he had on the world. And it's not just his acting and comedy.

His efforts for numerous charities has been documented, including The St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Comic Relief, and The Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation as well as his work entertaining our nation's troops.

In the world of movies his acting career was versatile as he portrayed numerous characters that inspired us, moved us and, of course, made us laugh. From THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP to GOOD MORNING VIETNAM to HOOK to ALADDIN to THE BIRDCAGE to ONE HOUR PHOTO he embraced every challenge the art of acting could throw at him...and he always came out on top.

The Alamo team took some time after processing the news to figure out how to best pay tribute to this truly special titan of entertainment. His films were so versatile and touched so many different people and audiences that our goal became to show the many ways he found his way into our hearts.

We will be screening a series of his films across all Alamo theaters over the coming weeks starting with HOOK at Lakeline this weekend, followed by GOOD WILL HUNTING at Slaughter Lane, THE FISHER KING and POPEYE at Ritz, with all the proceeds going to charities dear to his heart. And keep your eyes out for others we will be adding at Lamar and Village. This whole endeavor has made us truly realize that there is an embarassment of riches to choose from.

We will all miss Robin Williams, but it's impossible to think that he will ever be forgotten.

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