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Types of Stage Curtains


Proscenium Curtains

Proscenium curtains hang just upstage of the proscenium opening, and they include the main valance and the main act curtain. The main act curtain is also sometimes referred to as the grand drape or house curtain. These curtains provide a sight and sound barrier between the stage and audience area, sometimes referred to as the house. There are several styles of main act curtains:

  • Draw or Traveler Curtain
    The most common main act curtain is the draw or traveler curtain, which is made of two bi-parting sections. These sections are placed on two overlapping sections of track, and each half can be drawn from the center to the opposite side of the stage.
  • Venetian Curtain
    The Venetian Curtain or Contour Curtain is a specialty main act curtain that is raised by vertical lift lines which are individually adjustable, making it possible to open the view of the stage in various contours.
  • Austrian Curtain
    The Austrian Curtain is a specialty main act curtain that is raised by multiple vertical lift lines where the amount of lift on each draw line is equal. It is sewn with vertical and horizontal fullness. This creates a series of horizontal swaging pleats.
  • Tab Curtain
    The Tab Curtain is a specialty main act curtain that has two panels, sewn flat or with fullness, that is raised by diagonal lifting on the two on-stage lower corners towards the upper off-stage sides.
  • Rain Curtains
    Rain curtains are specialty main act curtains made of a multitude of metallic or colored layers. NorthEast Stage can custom make Rain Curtains in a variety of colors and sizes to meet your specifications and dimensions. Please contact our sales department for samples or a quote.

Masking Curtains

Masking curtains are typically up-stage of the proscenium curtains. They
are used to hide or "mask" off-stage areas, rigging, hardware, and
stage lighting equipment. Masking curtains include borders, legs or
side curtains and mid-stage, up-stage, and rear travelers.

  • Legs and Borders
    Legs and Borders help to "mask" off-stage areas and hardware, but also add additional depth to the stage and help divide it. Legs or Sides are sewn in pairs and are used to reduce or reveal the full width of the proscenium opening as necessary to fit the stage use.
  • Mid-Stage, Up-Stage, and Rear Travelers
    Traveler Curtains also help "mask" areas upstage of the proscenium curtains. They are made of two bi-parting sections. These sections are placed on two overlapping sections of track, and each half can be drawn from the center to the opposite sides of the stage. Sometimes a one-way traveler is needed, which means the curtain is made in one panel, installed on one section of track, and can be drawn to either stage left or stage right.

Backdrops or Cycloramas

Muslin, scrim and leno are often used as backdrops or for projection and lighting effects. Most are available in seamed or seamless form and paintable or non-paintable form.

Please see stage curtain layouts for additional information.