A rain storm that rolled across town Friday evening knocked out power to hundreds of Evanston residents, as well as to movie-goers at the Century Theater downtown.

Fans who were in the midst of watching the debut showing of “The Dark Knight,” the latest installment of the Batman film series, had a darker experience than they’d anticipated when the screen went black.

The theater reportedly issued rain checks to disappointed patrons, but with the film sold out and subsequent performances delayed for hours, hundreds were left waiting for a chance to see the picture, which was shot in Chicago.

Commonwealth Edison said the power failure affected at least 800 customers across the mid-section of Evanston. 

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. COM-ED is Responsible!
    Com-Ed has supported the growth of all the new projects in Evanston but they have not upgraded their infrastructure enough. We have had numerous power outages and I and many other small, mid-sized and large biz owners and community members have suffered losses. How many residents have lost computers, phone systems, fax machines and other items due to poor energy supply from Com-Ed?

    Deerfield and Glenview are in a class action law suite for similar issues. Lets joint them!

  2. Why did it take so long?
    I was at the 4:25 showing that was interupted by the power outage. The theatre staff did a great job handing out rain checks considering the circumstances. On our way out of the theatre we expected the lights to be out up and down the street, but the cinema was the only business that was still in the dark. Does anyone know why it took so long for the cinema to get power back? I would have gladly waited a little while to see the last hour of the movie, but I got the feeling we were being pushed out so they wouldn’t have to delay the later showings, which is pretty lame.

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