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Evanston officials say interest remains high in a reopening of a movie theater in the Church Street Plaza development. (Photo by Steve Cohen)

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Evanston officials have received strong response from parties interested in bringing back movies to the former Century 12/Cinemark Theatres space and are optimistic the theater could reopen under new ownership in another year.

In the wake of the announcement of the theater’s closing in February, Annie Coakley, Executive Director of evanstondowntown.org, which provides marketing and management services for the downtown area, said she fielded at least 17 calls from interested parties inquiring about occupying the theater space.

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