McCarter Theatre Center

McCarter Theatre Center

91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08543

McCarter Theatre was built in 1930 as the permanent home for the Princeton University Triangle Club and has since evolved into one of the most active cultural centers in the nation. In the 1990s McCarter underwent major renovations and expansions including construction of the Roger S. Berlind Theater with seating for 360. The main auditorium, Matthews Theater named for long-time Princeton theater supporters, Marie and Ed Matthews ’53, seats approximately 1,100.

The Princeton Festival contracts with the McCarter Ticket Office to sell Festival tickets, regardless of where they take place. For events not held at McCarter, The Princeton Festival offers an onsite box office beginning one hour before each performance.


West Garage – Free and convenient parking is available at Princeton University’s West Garage. 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.

Princeton NJ Transit Station Lot – In addition, commuter permit spaces are free for public parking on Sundays and after 5pm on weekdays and Saturdays; metered spaces are readily available every day. Please check posted signs for meter hours and rates.

Getting to the theater – A pleasant 10-minute walk will take you from the West Garage or the Princeton Station to McCarter Theatre. This map highlights an easy route with no stairs.

Other Parking

Metered street parking is available on Alexander Street, College Road, and University Place.
NOTE: Princeton has replaced its existing meters with new smart parking meters and pay stations and increased the rate. They accept coins, credit cards, and mobile payment. More Info

In addition, three municipal parking garages that charge a small fee are located on Chambers, Hulfish and Spring Streets in downtown Princeton, just off Palmer Square.


McCarter is a barrier-free building with handicap-accessible restrooms off the Matthews Theatre foyer. Please note that there is no elevator to the balcony in this historic building.