With the drab carpets of its days as a cinema gone and sparkling marble floors once again revealed, the Utah Theater got a new lease on life Thursday night.

The new occupant, Salt Lake Repertory Theater, reopened the historic theater at 148 S. Main with a ribbon cutting and inaugural performance of the production "City Lights.""We have a great love of City Rep," Utah's first lady, Colleen Bangerter, said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "It is wonderful to meet in this historical building. It is a wonderful place to showcase their talents."

At the opening, Alan Barnes, chairman of the theater steering committee, noted that much of the restoration work to the building must still be accomplished.

"We are returning it to be like the beautiful Pantages Theater."

All performers, orchestra and production staff members donated their services for the opening show and will do so again for two other performances. Proceeds will benefit the theater and its sustaining fund. City Rep's regular season will resume in May.