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A new Robin Williams comedy is on a road trip through six U.S. military installations in Europe to allow American audiences a free sneak peek before its stateside release.

“RV,” starring Williams as an overworked father who takes his family on a rocky trailer-camping trip to the Colorado Rockies, will show for one day only at each of the selected military theaters, according to information from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

The preview is a first attempt at bringing the stateside AAFES “distributor appreciation” program to European theaters with a major motion picture, said Judd Anstey, an AAFES spokesman in Dallas.

The program pairs AAFES with distributors to provide servicemembers an upfront look at major films, with Sony Entertainment pairing with AAFES for the “RV” showings.

The movie will begin its six-day tour of Europe on Saturday at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall, which each screened the film twice, before heading (in order) to Vicenza, Italy; Wiesbaden, Würzburg, Stuttgart and Ramstein, all in Germany, starting Monday.

In Vicenza — where the movie will be shown at 7 and 10 p.m. on Monday — tickets will be available at the food court and main store.

In Wiesbaden, the film will show at 7 and 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Taunus theater, with tickets available at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield food court, and the Hainerberg main AAFES store. In Würzburg, tickets will be available at Leighton Barracks food court and movie theater, and the movie will show at 5:30 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

For Stuttgart, tickets can be obtained at the Patch Barracks food court, with the show to run only once, at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday at the Patch theater.

In Ramstein, tickets for the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday shows at the Nightingale theater can be picked up at Ramstein main store, Burger King and the food court. Tickets for the 3 p.m. showing can also be picked up at the Vogelweh Burger King and food court.

As part of the program, each base can show each film only twice, and tickets are generally available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“RV,” by Columbia Pictures, has a 98-minute running time and is rated PG.


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