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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.

Read the full feature in your weekend News.

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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Fishing, golf open Jim Bowie Days 2024

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Jim Bowie Days week begins on Saturday with contests in fishing at Lake Amon G. Carter and golf at Top of Lake Country Club.
Fishing registration starts at 5 a.m. at the Selma Park boat ramp with first cast at 6 a.m.
Entry fee is $100 per team with an 80/20 split. Optional big bass $10 with a 100% payout. Fishermen must be in line by 2 p.m. to qualify for weigh-in.
The two-man scramble tees off at 8 a.m. Cost is $100 for team and a meal is included. To register call Seth Johnson, 940-531-1489.

Pictured the 2023 fishing tournament weigh-in. (Courtesy photo)

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Get ready for Bowie’s biggest western festival

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Find The Bowie News 2024 Schedule of Events for this week’s Jim Bowie Days 2024 activities inside your June 19 Bowie News. Read all about the activities and how you can join in all the fun.
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Chair Affair entertains a big crowd with high-power bidding

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The Bowie Chamber of Commerce welcomed about 150 people to the Chair Affair on June 14. (Top) The Granbury Jazz Orchestra filled the community center with high-energy tunes as guests strolled through the many unique chairs and package up for bid in the silent and live auction. Chamber members donated everything from colorful pool floaties in a summer package to handcrafted chairs.

A bidder changes out her card on the bid board for a silent auction item.
A large crowd enjoyed munchies and drinks as they try to win the bid in the silent auction. See more photos in the mid-week edition of The Bowie News. (Photos by Barbara Green)
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