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Sanders Theatre

45 Quincy Street, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Ranked #11 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
Type: Theaters
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Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

One of the best locations in the Boston area to attend a concert or a lecture. The word that I would use to describe this beautiful dark wood hall is "majestic". The acoustics are great, as I have sat in many locations, but the seats are hard (try to pad your derriere). Nonetheless, if you like dark wood, you will... More

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Los Angeles, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It was built after the civil war to honor Harvard's dead. The theatre lobby is etched marble slabs, invoking said casualties and stained glass windows to give it a somber, spiritual feeling. The main theatre is all intricate wood in a 3 tiered amphitheater design, invoking a Socratic style of teaching. Holds about 900. I have never known for the... More

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Vergennes, Vermont
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went here to see and hear the Cambridge Community Chorus sing. The sound was excellent and the atmosphere in this historic building is excellent. I was disappointed they do not allow photography.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I went to the Sanders Theatre to attend the St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn. Although the musicians themselves were unbelievably talented, the place gave the concert a special touch. The acoustics were marvelous and since it is not a very big theatre, it feels very cozy. It is an old theatre located in the same building as the dinning room... More

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New England
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The Sanders Theater is an outstanding historic facility that hosts many great events - especially music & dance - with international as well as local performers. It's worth going just to experience the theater - you won't be disappointed.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Dear people of the theater, As I noticed, Russian composer Spivakov show is expected in Sanders Theater in Cambridge on 5/11/2014. This person just signed the letter in full support of Putin's military forces aggressive move in Ukraine. I'm asking all of you, make any possible action in order prevent this show, as Secretary of the State mention in the... More

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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Recently attended a performance of the Boston Philharmonic at the Sanders Theater. Both were outstanding! The venue is a lovely, old and characteristic building, symbolic of the heritage of Harvard University. I will definitely look into what other activities are scheduled there since I'd love to go again. Parking in the area is extremely difficult so I would recommend public... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Located inside Harvard University's Memorial Hall --dedicated to Harvard's own fallen in World I-- it's a beautiful concert space that hosts frequent high-caliber performances of mostly classical music. Prices are very reasonable and there are usually tickets at the door. For information please consult the "The Crimson" or the Harvard info booth at Holyoke Center.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It is part o f Memorial Hall which is the Freshman Dining Hall (Hogwarts) and the building looks like a church from the outside so many bypass it. The Transcept is gorgeous with the windows and memorials. But the theater itself is a lecture hall but also lends itself to music and theater productions, I have been in the Revels... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

The theatre is acoustically very good and has amazing view of the performance area. However, very small seats. Difficult for taller and bigger people.

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