Main Curtains are often referred to
as "House Curtain", "Act Curtain", "Main Tab" and
sometimes disparagingly, as "The Rag".
main stage curtain
each stage is different, different requirements are placed on the main curtain
as to colour, style, fabric and operation. The main curtain plays an active part
in any facility, enhancing the overall appeal of the venue. The look, texture and
colour of the main curtain help set the audience ambient mood to venue
and performance to be revealed. Traditionally
velvet is the preferred fabric for main stage curtains.
following specification is to suit type TE75 track in a standard centre-overlap
configuration (aka French action, traveler). It is given as guidance
only, as construction may vary depending on curtain drop, track selection and
Other main curtain types such as Reefing/Butterfly
curtains, Festoon/Austrian and Act drop curtains require a different method of construction and are manufactured
specifically for the venue and any set limitations that may apply.
main curtain - typical construction specification
curtain is made in two halves. Each half is sized allowing for adequate centre
and slight line coverage behind the proscenium walls. Curtains are usually headed (pleated)
at between 80 to 100% fullness* and sewn onto a
50mm wide heavy cotton webbing. Eyelets and ties are fitted at 300mm
centres along the heading of the curtain for attachment to runners.
200mm turn back is provided on each leading edge for improved appearance, should the edge
turn out to the audience. To save wear on the fabric, a handle is provided on
the turn back of the up stage half, to allow the
be held back for access through a closed curtain.
Hems are 200mm deep and continuously weighted with fabric covered 4mm link
chain. The chain is sewn inside the top the base hem to prolonged life of the
curtains i.e. the chain is always off the floor so its weight does not rub the
fabric against the floor and wear it.
The fullness of a curtain refers to the folds in the hanging drape. The fullness
is normally specified as a percentage in addition to the curtains width.
The more fullness added to the curtain the "richer" appearance
of the curtain.
main curtain lining
The main curtain lining is separate and detachable, its
primary purpose is to guard the main curtain against damage from the rear (stage
side), it also ensures total light blackout and enhances the main curtain’s
sound deadening properties. Depending on the weight and fabric selection
for the main curtain a lining may not be required.
main curtain lining - typical construction specification
Lining are made from a block-out fabric. They
are headed at 50% fullness and sewn onto a 50mm wide cotton webbing.
Eyelets are fitted at 300mm centres along the heading of the curtain for
attachment to the main curtain and track runners. Base hems are 150mm deep to
finish 50mm above the bottom and 200mm from the leading edge of the main
curtain. Rings and ties are sewn on the sides of both the main curtain and
linings for attachment.
a proscenium or stage opening requires extra masking to hide the main curtain
track or the forward section of the ceiling above stage, a valance is added.
- typical construction specification
valance curtain is constructed from the same fabric and dye lot as the main
curtain and is headed (pleated) to the same fullness as the main curtain with a
50mm un-weighted base hem. The valance curtain can either be fixed with eyelets
and ties or stapled in position to a timber batten or proscenium opening.
the ability to embroider and appliqué, school, club or corporate logos up to
600mm diameter on main curtains or banners.