Free Robin Williams tributes for fans


When an artist passes away, there's a natural tendency to revisit their work. Robin Williams' death is no different, and there's a wealth of material for fans to sit back and watch again at home.

But if you'd like a true theater experience, local venues are running some of Williams' best movies, and some of those showings are free. Here are a few chances to see Williams on the big screen again:

Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., is showing Dead Poets Society Friday night at 8 p.m. It's free and you don't need a ticket. The doors open at 7 p.m. and you might want to get there early to ensure a good seat. The role, which earned Williams an Oscar, is considered one of his very best. Info: tampatheatre.org or 813-274-8981.

Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N. Dale Mabry Highway, will end their week-long tribute with a movie featuring Williams Thursday night. They run at 8 p.m. each evening and are free to attend. I can't tell you which one they'll show because we don't know yet. The theater is letting audiences decide what they want to see, and you can even bring your own copy of a favorite film. So take some friends with you to sway the votes your way. Info: tampapitchershow.net or 813-963-0578.

freeFall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Ave., is also showing Dead Poets Society on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. It costs $10, but the event is also a benefit for Directions for Living, a mental health and substance abuse organization. So it's more than just a tribute; It's a donation to a worthy cause. Info: freefalltheatre.com or 727-498-5205.


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