The Brattle Theatre is located in Brattle Hall at 40 Brattle Street just one block from the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop. It is located between Eastern Bank and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. The building is shared with Longfellow Bar and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the Brattle’s sidewalk poster case and marquee and head down the small set of stairs (or use the accessibility ramp that runs parallel to the stairs).
Metered parking spaces are available throughout Harvard Square, however spaces are limited and competition for them can be difficult and time consuming. We recommend use of public transportation when possible, or choose one of the discount parking garages below.
Validated Parking Garages
Have your parking ticket validated at the Brattle box office to receive a discount on parking rates at these participating garages:
Charles Square Garage
At the Charles Hotel, 5 Bennett Street, Cambridge
Contact the garage at 617 491-0298 for current rates and hours of operation, or visit www.harvardsquareparking.com.
University Place Garage
124 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge
$2 Discount with box office validation. Contact the garage at 617 491-0801 for current rates and hours of operation.
Visit MBTA.com for full transit system information.
Harvard Square is serviced by a number of MBTA bus routes from Allston-Brighton, Arlington, Belmont, Somerville, and Watertown, including 1, 66, 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 86 and 96. Visit mbta.com to learn more. See next section for accessible route from Harvard Square Station.
Take the MBTA Red Line to the Harvard Square stop. Use the Brattle Street exit through the busway. When you reach ground level you will see Brattle Street ahead to the right. The Brattle Theatre is the second building on the left side of the street, next to Eastern Mountain Sports and Eastern Bank. See next section for accessible route from Harvard Square Station.
Harvard Square MBTA
There is an elevator inside the Harvard Square MBTA station that brings you to street level on the corner of Brattle Street (approximately in front of Bluestone Lane Harvard Square Café), across from the Brattle Theatre. For more information about accessibility on the MBTA, visit their Subway Access Guide, Accessibility on the MBTA, and the Harvard Sq. Station Accessibility page.
The Brattle Theatre’s main seating area is wheelchair and handicapped accessible, with adjacent companion seating. The box office and lobby/concessions area are accessible from street level by ramp (see below), and an elevator is provided for access to the main floor of the theater. There are two dedicated wheelchair positions with companion seating at the front of the theater, as well as flexible seating at the rear adjacent to the elevator door. Bathrooms are handicapped/wheelchair accessible. Balcony level seating is not wheelchair accessible.
Use the walkway on the left side of the building and follow the ramp toward the rear of the building, where it will switch back toward the box office window, lobby and elevator entrance. The manager on duty will assist you in using the elevator to access the theatre.
The Brattle offers audio description services for our blind and low-vision guests (select digital features only where indicated on website). They also offer assistive listening devices for hearing impaired guests for all features.
We encourage you to contact the Brattle directly or call 617 876-6837 ahead of your visit if you or anyone in your party require special assistance.
Bring a BUFF 2023 ticket stub to gain entry (or show digital ticket receipt). Priority entry for BUFF badgeholders, BUFF filmmakers, and BUFF accredited press.
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