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Sanders Theatre (MindEx Conference)

Photo of Sanders TheatrePhoto credit: Steve Rosenthal

Inspired by Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre at Oxford, England, Sanders Theatre is famous for its design and its acoustics. A member of the League of Historic American Theatres, the 1,000 seat theatre offers a unique and intimate 180 degree design which provides unusual proximity to the stage. The theatre was designed to function as a major lecture hall and as the site of college commencements. Although Sanders saw its last commencement exercise in 1922, the theatre continues to play a major role in the academic mission of Harvard College, hosting undergraduate core curriculum courses, the prestigious Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, and the annual Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony. Many of the most venerable academic, political and literary figures of the nineteenth and twentieth century have taken the podium at Sanders Theatre including Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Directions to Sanders Theatre

Sanders Theatre/Memorial Hall is located at 45 Quincy Street, between Cambridge and Kirkland Streets in Cambridge, a 5 minute walk from Harvard Square.

Parking is severely limited in the vicinity of Harvard Square.

Free parking for MindEx attendees is available at the Broadway Garage which is located at 7 Felton St. between Cambridge St. and Broadway. Felton is 2 blocks east of the Sanders Theatre.

We strongly recommend the use of public transportation. The Red Line, with parking available at Braintree and Alewife, goes right into Harvard Square. (See map from MBTA)

Parking for MindEx attendees is available  at the Broadway Garage which is on Felton St. between Cambridge St. and Broadway. Felton is 2 blocks east of the Sanders Theatre.

Public Transportation:

The management of Memorial Hall, in keeping with state and local government and University efforts to reduce traffic congestion, urges patrons to use public transportation when attending events in the Harvard Square area. The Harvard Square stop on the Red Line of the MBTA subway system is a five minute walk from Sanders Theatre and is well-lit.

  • From South of Boston: Drive to Braintree MBTA station parking garage (Braintree exit 17 off of Route 3 coming from Cape Cod or the South Shore). Take the Red Line in the direction of Alewife to “Harvard”. Allow approximately 45 minutes for the subway portion of the trip.
  • From the North of Boston: Drive to the Alewife MBTA station parking garage. Take the Red Line. Get off at the third stop; “Harvard”. Allow fifteen minutes for subway portion of the trip.
  • From the West of Boston: Drive to Riverside MBTA station in Newton, the western terminus of one branch of the Green Line (Exit 22A from Route 128), where there is an open-air parking lot. Take the Green Line to the “Park Street” stop. Go downstairs, following signs marked “Red Line to Alewife”. Take train in the direction of Alewife four stops to “Harvard”. Allow 45 minutes for subway portion of the trip.

Driving Directions

Driving from South of Boston

  • Take I-93 North to exit 26 (Cambridge/Storrow Drive*).
  • Keep left at end of ramp and take underpass to Storrow Drive*
  • Continue on Storrow Drive* approximately 4 miles to Cambridge/Allston.
  • Take the Harvard Square exit.
  • Turn right at end of ramp onto John F.Kennedy Street.
  • Harvard Square is approximately 1/2 mile straight ahead.
  • Continue with directions through Harvard Square.

Driving from North of Boston:

  • Take I-93 South to exit 26 (Storrow Drive*/North Station).
  • Keep left at end of ramp and take underpass to Storrow Drive*.
  • Continue on Storrow Drive* approximately 4 miles to Cambridge/Allston.
  • Take the Harvard Square exit.
  • Turn right at end of ramp onto John F. Kennedy Street.
  • Harvard Square is approximately 1/2 mile straight ahead.
  • Continue with directions through Harvard Square

Driving from West of Boston:

  • Take I-90 East (Mass Turnpike) to exit exit 18 (Cambridge/Allston)
  • Bear right after toll booth at end of exit ramp.
  • Turn left after lights (before the bridge) onto Storrow Drive*.
  • Take Cambridge/Allston exit (1/2 mile ahead) and turn right at end of ramp onto John F. Kennedy Street.
  • Harvard Square is approximately 1/2 mile straight ahead.
  • Continue with directions through Harvard Square

From the Heart of Harvard Square:

  • The Coop is on the left, Out-of-Town News on the right
  • Continue forward on what is now Massachusetts Ave, stay in the middle lane
  • At the next light (Harvard Yard is on your right) stay to the right
  • Take the right under the underpass, follow signs toward Cambridge/Kirkland Streets.
  • Coming up from the underpass, the road splits, stay to the left. This will bring you to a traffic light with Memorial Hall on your left and the firehouse on your right.

To drop off patrons at Sanders Theatre:

  • Turn left onto Quincy Street.
  • Stay on the left on Quincy Street.
  • Turn left at light onto Kirkland Street.
  • Turn left into circular driveway. (One way and No Parking policies strictly enforced.)

To Broadway Garage:

  • Go straight through traffic light on Cambridge Street
  • Turn right at second street (Felton Street).
  • Entrance to Garage is on your right.
  • Parking Information

*Storrow Drive is inaccessible to trucks or buses. Please call either 617. 496.4595 or 617.495.5595 for alternate directions.

The President and Fellows of Harvard College assume no responsibility for damages to any vehicle or contents by reason of fire, theft, vandalism, or any other cause.

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