Valley Art Theatre honors Robin Williams' life with film festival

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by Jaime Cerreta

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Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 12:18 PM

Tempe, Ariz. --  The Valley Art Theatre in Tempe had a huge turnout for the first night of its week long Robin Williams Film Festival in the wake of the actor's death.

"The main reason we're doing this film festival, I love Robin Williams and he made me laugh more than anybody else," said Dan Harkins, owner of the Harkins Movie Theatres.

Harkins introduced the first movie of the night to a full house. He shared a story about a brush with the actor at a restaurant at the Biltmore years ago. The people in the theater cheered and thanked Mr. Harkins for honoring Williams' life in this way.

Jake Lee showed up to take in a movie."He became one of my favorite dramatic actors and when I heard he died, it really affected me," said Lee.

"It's such a loss," said movie goer Miranda Shakes.

The Harkins Valley Art Theatre will be playing Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp and Bird Cage through Thursday.

Tickets are five dollars.

Money from ticket sales is going to Robin Williams' favorite charity St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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