On 16 January 1905 the Hippodrome Theatre on Friargate opened.
There were two houses every night, and on opening night both were packed. The star of the show on opening night was the singer and comedian Charles Coborn, best known for popularising the song ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo’, which he featured in his act that night.
In the 1940s it changed its name to the Royal Hippodrome and soon after it was staging plays by the Preston Repertory Company. In 1954 Leonard Rossiter auditioned for the company, just three years before the theatre closed. It was demolished in 1959.