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Theatre Hotel

 

Picture source: Richard Richmond


 
The Theatre Hotel was situated on Fishergate. This Boddingtons pub (above) was demolished in 1960 and replaced by a new building (below). It was completely refurbished in the 1980s only to be suddenly closed and demolished in October 1987. Shops are now on the site.
 
My brother and me used to go to the Theatre on our usual crawl down Fishergate ending up in the Railway. Before it had its final short lived make over it was a no nonsense place. The lounge had benches or planks of wood resting on piles of bricks. If you weren't careful the whole thing would topple over. We got to know the land lord quite well. I remember saying he had a great juke box. It was the only pub I remember that had shot by both sides by Magazine on it. He replied that the brewery put that shit in there. He eventually got given a big fancy place in Salford on Regent Rd but didn't take to all the murders and burglaries and returned to Preston. He always served a good pint of Boddingtons when it wasn't so common around Preston.
John McNic (February 2017)
 

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Picture source: Richard Richmond