Driving Directions

The entrance to the Holden Theater is right behind the Admissions Office on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA. There is no street address for this building but if you are trying to navigate by GPS using the address 290 S. Pleasant Street will work in most, but not all, navigation maps.

Amherst College is approximately two hours from downtown Boston, two and a half hours from Logan Airport and

To reach the Admission Office:

  • Follow the driving directions below. When you reach the intersection of Rtes. 9 and 116 (at the top of the hill), take Rte. 116 south away from the Town green. Stay on Rte. 116 for a few blocks before turning left into the circular driveway in front of the Office of Admission. (Note: The Office of Admission and the Athletic Complex share a very large, semicircular driveway. Both ends of this driveway open onto Rte. 116. This is a one-way driveway; cars should enter at the southern point, near the gym, and exit at the northern point, near the Octagon hill. Following the directions above, you will actually go past the Admission Office on your left, then turn left into the driveway and come back.)
  • The Holden Theater has a limited number of parking spaces for visitors directly behind of the Admission Office. If all these  parking spaces are taken, you can park on the half-moon drive in front of the Alumni Gym and the Admissions Office or in the Orr Hockey Rink lot located nearby.
  • Driving directions are below, but you can also refer to the campus map to find the building you need.

BY CAR FROM EAST/WEST

From Brown take Rt. 146 north/west to I-90 west
Take I-90 (Mass Turnpike) to Exit 4 (I-91)
Take I-91 north to exit 19 (Rte. 9)
Take Rte. 9 east to Rte. 116 south
These roads intersect at a stoplight at the top of a hill. The Holden Theater is to the right; downtown Amherst is on your left.


BY CAR FROM NORTH/SOUTH

From Williams take Rte. 2 east to I-91 south
From Middlebury take Rte. 7 south to Rte. 103 south to I-91 south
Take I-91 to exit 19 from south, or exit 20 from north (you’ll be on Rte. 9 east)
Take Rt. 9 east to Rt. 116 south
These roads intersect at a stoplight at the top of a hill. The Holden Theater is to the right; downtown Amherst is on your left.


BY CAR FROM NORTHEAST

From Bates take I-495 south to I-95 south
Take I-95 south to I-495 south
Take I-495 south to exit 29B (Rte. 2 west)
Take Rte. 2 west to Rte. 202 south
Take Rte. 202 south to Amherst Rd. in Pelham (turn right)
Take Amherst Rd. toward Amherst. (The road changes names to Pelham Rd. and then to Main Street.)
In downtown Amherst, turn left on South Pleasant Street. Continue for two blocks to the stoplight at the intersection with Rte. 116. Proceed straight through the light (you’ll now be on Rte. 116 south). The Holden Theater is to the right; downtown Amherst is on your left.