The Sanders Theatre is one of Boston’s most beautiful venues for the performing arts. Located in Harvard University’s Memorial Hall (a National Historic Landmark), Sanders began life as one of the school’s major lecture halls and the setting for commencement ceremonies. The building itself was erected as a monument to Harvard graduates who fought in the Civil War, with funding from Charles Sanders (class of 1802).
The Sanders is the home of local professional performing ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Chamber Music Society, Masterworks Chorale and Boston Baroque, as well as a number of Harvard’s choral and instrumental groups. It seats 1,166 and features a beautiful wood-paneled interior and a unique and intimate 180-degree seating configuration. Though it has not hosted a graduation ceremony since 1922, the Sanders also still serves many of Harvard’s academic needs, hosting core classes, the Charles Eliot Norton lecture series, and the annual Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony.
Sanders Theatre – Harvard University Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (accessible by bus, walking distance to Harvard Square T stop)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performance/Programs: Approximately 100 events annually.
- Ticket Prices: Vary widely ($5-75) with some discounts for students/seniors/children, including student rush tickets.
- Subscription/Memberships: None available.