Magna Theater Nears the Reopening 'Stage'
Deseret News, 11 August 1991, page A1
Improvements to the exterior of the building were funded by grants from Salt Lake County, the National Park Service, and the Utah Division of State History. Wares has invested $30,000 in the renovation and has worked for hundreds of hours to rip up tile, remove paint from brick and wood, tear down and erect interior walls, replace floors and repair the ceiling.
About the hard work of remodeling the theater, Wares said, “It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else. I'd rather be doing this.”
In 1983, Leo Wares was 68 and lived in East Millcreek. During World War II he entertained troups with magic. An actor since about 1941, he often participated in productions at the Hale Center Theatre in Salt Lake City.