Matthews Theatre

Matthews Theatre auditorium, McCarter Theatre Center

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The Matthews Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center is located in Princeton between University Place and Alexander Street, just off College Road. Built as a permanent home for the Princeton University Triangle Club (who continue to perform at McCarter to this day), the 1,100-seat theater opened its doors on February 21, 1930.

Directions to Matthews Theatre By Car

Via US-1

Take the Alexander Road exit toward Princeton and continue North on Alexander Road. After 1.5 miles, take the first exit at the traffic circle onto University Place. McCarter Theatre Center will be on the left-hand side, across from The Dinky.

Via Route 206

Route 206 becomes Route 27 (Nassau Street) at the junction of Stockton Street and Bayard Lane. When traveling North on Route 206, keep straight at this junction to continue onto Route 27. When traveling South on Route 206, take a left onto Route 27. Turn right onto University Place and McCarter Theatre Center will be on the right-hand side.

Parking for Matthews Theatre

We recommend utilizing the free and convenient parking at Princeton University’s West Garage which is available for patrons to use on weekends and after 5 pm on weekdays.

To access the garage, take Alexander Street to North Station Drive; the garage entrance will be on your right after you pass the train station. The West Garage is free and open to the public on weekends and after 5 pm on weekdays. From the West Garage or the Princeton Station, you can enjoy the brief 5-minute walk through the buildings and park-like atmosphere of the new Lewis Center for the Arts that will bring you past the two new restaurants and right to McCarter. We’ve highlighted an easy route with no stairs. 

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