342 Music Center at Strathmore Tips
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Ample parking. Lot is shared with Metro's Red Line. Covered walkway on 4th level takes you to the theater. I suggest parking on 2nd. or 3rd. level & use the elevator. The lower the floor, the shorter the exit time.
Parking is NOT free for shows at the Levine School of Music, but is free for the Strathmore. Confusing and disappointing.
Leave home early, even if you live close. At this time of year and time of evening, Rockville Pike and other roads are usually bumper-to-bumper, plus the line to get into the parking lot (from Rockville Pike onto Tuckerman Lane, (vs. where you enter for the Mansion, despite the posted road sign), is one lane, also bumper to bumper. Parking is free but another challenge still lies ahead with long waits for elevators in the parking garage, transversing the long, elevated corrider between the parking lot and the venue, and additional elevators with long lines inside the venue, which take you to the level of your assigned seats (there is an elevator operator checking tickets and telling individuals if they're on the correct elevator, etc.). If you're not familiar with this whole scenario, best to leave a trail of breadcrumbs from your parking space to your seat, assuming there are no birds in sight. : \
There's a cafe right in the music center. They also serve wine and beer. A bit pricey but the food is good and it's very convenient to be able to eat right there and then attend desired performance.
Take your time leaving, after the performance. You'll have less of a (long) wait to get out of the parking garage.
Metro is easy to use to get there, although there aren't a lot of signs.
Nice cafeteria in the theater open before the show.
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