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Bringing a dream to life – Vision centers on creating a movie theater in an 1884 bank building

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By BARBARA GREEN
Mark Chancellor, at the age of 30, calls himself an “old soul.”
His career as a lighting designer may have him on the cutting edge of music, but he wants to bring back a historic building back to life by creating a movie theater right in the heart of Montague.
This summer Chancellor bought the former First National Bank of Montague on the southwestern corner of the courthouse square in Montague. It was built in 1884.
After the bank closed, it was later home to Bell Phone, Carminati Grocery and Prime Cut Steakhouse. This dilapidated structure will demand a complete overhaul to fulfill this unique vision for its future.
The dreamer
Mark Chancellor grew up in the Alvord area with his parents Charles and Marsha Chancellor. His father was a Dallas firefighter, who when he retired became an electrician. He now resides in Bowie.
Mark’s parents divorced when he was young, and he spent summers with his dad in the Bowie area. He attended high school one year in Alvord and then completed high school in Dallas. After graduating from a Dallas arts school and McMurray University, he pursued a career in lighting design that has led him around the world.

The location

Moving into this next phase of his life, Chancellor began looking for the right building. It had to be at least two stories in order to provide a balcony, but he also wanted “A building with the right story.”

He checked out the old theater building in Bowie, but it didn’t have the right historic fit.
He also looked at the city auditorium in Bowie, but could not work a deal. Chancellor also was solicited by other locals who would love to have the theater in their town. However, the right building “did not speak to him “until he checked out a run down mess of a property in Montague.

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Mark Chancellor power washes the exterior of the old bank building. (Photo by Barbara Green)

Mark Chancellor power washes the exterior of the old bank building. (Photo by Barbara Green)

 

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Council meeting canceled

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The Bowie City Council meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled and rescheduled for Feb. 7 due to the inclement weather.

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Father/Daughter Dance fun (short video)

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LINE DANCE AT THE fATHER/dAUGHTER DANCE sATURDAY IN bOWIE.
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Snow pictures abound this week

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(Top) This family of four snowmen was created by Lennox, Parx and Ross Houston on McWilliams Drive late Tuesday as a hefty snow fell. (Courtesy photo)

Sam and Charlie Goad built this snowman Tuesday night. Thank you to everyone who sent in their snowy photos from this week’s snow. We had more than 150 submissions on our Facebook page. We appreciate your participation. (Courtesy photo)
Courtney and Quinn McEwen built their snowman as Tuesday night’s darkness rolled in. (Courtesy phot)
Rebecca Gilliland captured her kids on this trampoline in the snowy woods. (Courtesy photo)
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