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Speech and Assembly in Libraries and Theaters

The Supreme Court has held that a publicly-owned theatre is a public forum. Thus, government may not make content-based restrictions on speech or assembly in these theaters. However, government entities may make reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions in publicly-owned theaters. Libraries, on the other hand, are not considered public forums and may be regulated “in a reasonable and nondiscriminatory manner, equally applicable to all and administered with equality to all.”

Inside Speech and Assembly in Libraries and Theaters