Theatre of the Absurd: War Abroad, Racism at Home
Lowe's Montreal Theatre
January 26, 1918
Mr. Reynolds was a Renaissance man on a mission. He bought a ticket for
an orchestra seat at the theatre. He never made it to his seat.
Mr. Reynolds was black, and the management of Lowe's Theatre said that
"coloured" people weren't allowed to sit in the orchestra section.
They were restricted to sitting in the mezzanine.This didn't sit well
with Mr. Reynolds.
The ushers refused him entry and Mr. Reynolds took Lowe's to court.
Can you guess what happened?
Québec City, 1921
The Québec Court of Appeals ruled that the management of a theatre
can make any seating rules it wants - even if these rules are discriminatory.
The Court also ruled that if the theatre had given Reynolds a special
numbered and reserved seat, without any conditions attached to it, and
he did not know that coloured people were barred from sitting there, then
that would give rise to breach of contract. " All citizens of this
country - white or black - are subject to the same laws and held to the
Judge Carroll, dissenting from the majority decision in Lowe's Montreal
Theatre Ltd. v. Reynolds
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Lowe's Montreal Theatre Ltd. v. Reynolds