David Cliffe was born at Macclesfield, Cheshire, when there were five cinemas operating, all of which he remembers. He studied English language and medieval English literature at the University of Leeds followed by a postgraduate diploma in librarianship. He worked at the public library in Reading for the entirety of his career in a variety of posts, the last one being Local Studies Manager. The author of several books, the most recent being Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading Cinemas, which will be available to purchase during the afternoon. David will describe the history of the single-screen cinema in Reading, from the travelling shows at the turn of the twentieth century, its heyday with the Vaudeville Electric Theatre in the 20s, through to today's multiscreen entertainment 'villages' and outdoor screenings.
Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members per talk. This includes tea or coffee and cake.