Whether this is your first time at Sanders Theatre or your 100th, you should know that Sanders is a beautiful, historic venue. Originally built in 1878 in memory of the Harvard men who fought for the Union in the Civil War, it has since been host to illustrious speakers and musicians like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Leonard Bernstein, and countless others.
“This is all well and good,” you’re probably thinking. “But where do I park, what do I wear, and how can I tell where my seat is?” All excellent questions! We’ll go through some of the top questions we usually hear from our audiences at Sanders Theatre.
How do I get to Sanders Theatre?
This is one of the very first questions people ask about performances at Sanders Theatre. This hall is unique in that there are two FREE parking lots located just blocks away from the theater! Your first option is to visit the Broadway Garage at 7 Felton Street, between Cambridge Street and Broadway. Upon arrival, you’ll need to present your ticket to the parking attendant in order to receive free parking. Your second option is the 52 Oxford Street Garage, and they allow you to park there for Celebrity Series performances as well—just make sure you hold onto your ticket stub for the parking attendant.
Other methods of getting to the hall include MBTA (Harvard Square) or bus.
If you use a car service like The Ride, Uber, or Lyft, it’s usually best to have them drop you off at the circular driveway at the Kirkland Street side of the building. You can find more directions here.
What to wear to Sanders Theatre
Typically, most of the Celebrity Series performances at Sanders include jazz, cabaret, or rock/pop crossover artists. While we see a wide range of fashion at our shows, audiences at Sanders tend to be more relaxed and will wear slacks, dark jeans, dresses, or more casual clothing in general. In the winter, we see a lot of folks with fleece jackets and snow boots. Don’t be afraid to dress for the weather! The people around you are probably more worried about what you think of them, anyway.
Sanders Theatre Seating
Many theaters have their seating marked as “orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony,” with orchestra being the lowest level and balcony as the highest. Sanders is a little different in that there are “floor seats, mezzanine, and balcony.”
There are only a very limited number of floor seats. The mezzanine seats actually make up the bulk of the seating at Sanders, and some of the seats are right at eye level with the stage. There are a few poles in the hall, built to hold weight and stabilize the seating structures, so some of these mezzanine seats can have awkward angles or semi-obstructed views. The balcony seats look directly down on the stage, and they also allow you to take in the fullest view of the amazing chandelier and woodwork in the hall.
I need accessible seats in Sanders Theatre
Sanders Theatre is outfitted with a number of accessible options. If you need to discuss your needs with a box office representative, please call 617-482-6661. Click here for more information.
Where are the restrooms in Sanders Theatre?
The restrooms in Sanders Theatre are located downstairs. On either side of the lobby there are stairs near the box office or the dining hall that go to a lower level; the rest rooms are located in the hallway.
Are there food or drinks available in Sanders Theatre?
One of the best things about Sanders Theatre is that it is only a few minutes’ walk away from some of Harvard Square’s best dining and beverage options! If you’re looking for a full meal or access to a bar before or after the performance, your best bet is to visit one of the fine establishments in Harvard Square. Sanders Theatre does offer a snack bar with items like cookies and brownies, and serves non-alcoholic beverages like coffee, tea, and soda.
Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy your Sanders Theatre concert experience! If you have any further questions, give our friendly box office a call at 617-482-6661.