Robin Williams: Harkins Theatres hosting weeklong tribute

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Harkins Theatres is hosting a weeklong tribute to Robin Williams, the proceeds of which will benefit a charity close to the actor's heart.

Harkins put together miniature film festival featuring four of Williams' best-known films, as well as the one that launched his film career.

The word was stunned to learned that Williams committed suicide on Monday, Aug. 11. There has been much discussion since about the actor's ongoing battles with depression and alcoholism.

On Thursday, his wife, Susan Schneider, said that Williams, 63, was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober when he died.

Schneider's statement

"Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the front lines, or comforting a sick child - Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."

Valley Art's tribute

"I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Robin Williams," theater owner Dan Harkins said in a statement. "We at Harkins Theatres are deeply saddened by the loss of a genuine person and comedic genius."

The movies are $5 each and will be playing Valley Art for a week. Proceeds go toward St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a cause that was dear to Williams.

Valley Art is located at 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe.