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Curtains, Track & Rigging


Since 1981 Mainstage has supplied quality curtains, track, and rigging components to domestic and international customers, including professional and community theatres, houses of worship, studios, entertainment facilities, schools and colleges, casinos, theme parks, and military bases.

We custom manufacture curtains in all of our locations, giving us the capacity to honor the most time sensitive order.  In addition to design, manufacturing, and installation services, Mainstage offers consultations, safety inspections, and repairs. Custom fabricated curtains are made completely to your specifications.  If you do not have specifications available, we can provide them along with a firm quotation free of charge.  We use only the highest quality products in the manufacturing of our curtains which, along with our experienced sewing staff, allows us to guarantee your complete satisfaction.  Quotations can be obtained by furnishing us with your specifications (can also be used for track, scrim, drop, and cyc quotes). Not sure where to start? Call us for personal assistance.

Curtain Types
Valance A short, fixed, horizontal curtain, placed in front of the front curtain and usually of the same colored fabric.
Teaser Similar to the valance, a flown horizontal curtain that sizes the stage opening.
Border Similar to the teaser, a horizontal masking curtain, typically black.
Front Curtain a/k/a "main," "act," or "grand drape," the first draw of bi-parting curtain on stage that is typically colored.
Draw Curtain a/k/a "traveler," "mid," or "rear," a term referring to a bi-parting curtain upstage of the front curtain.
Legs Narrow vertical curtains used in conjunction with the draw curtain, normally black, to mask the offstage areas from the audience view.
Tormentors a/k/a "torms," similar to legs, placed downstage of the front curtain to size the width of the stage opening.
Cyclorama  a/k/a "cyc" or "sky drop," once referred to as a u-shaped curtain that was the last setting on stage.  Typically a flat white or light blue color and generally the last curtain lit as the sky background.
Surround Curtain Sometimes referred to as a cyclorama, a setting of pleated curtains in a u-shape, typically used in elementary schools to reduce costs.
Olio Curtain A/K/A "in-one-act curtain," an older term for a colored draw curtain or painted drop, located several feet upstage of the front curtain.  Many older Broadway shows were structured to have a small scene in front of the olio while a major set change occurred upstage.
Austrian Drape A drape raised vertically in multiple scalloped sections.
Contour Drape A drape raised in multiple vertical sections with each section able to rise independently.
Scrim A curtain of an open weave sharkstooth fabric that can be seen through only when backlit with the audience side of the curtain dark. Becomes opaque when the audience side is lit and the backlight is removed.

Fabric Types
We recommend Velour for use with all front curtain settings.  It is the best looking, longest lasting fabric for stage use and is available in many different colors.  If budget is a concern, the upstage curtain setting can be changed to a less expensive fabric.  Stage curtain fabric must be either flame resistant (FR) or inherently flame resistant (IFR) to meet most local and national fire codes.

Front Curtain Setting Fabrics
Memorable Velour Perhaps the most popular. 25 oz. cotton velour.  FR.
Princess Velour 16 oz. cotton velour. FR.
Encore Velour Available in 22 and 15 oz., 100% polyester knit.  IFR.

Rear Curtain Setting Fabrics
Atlas Oxford Cotton woven with a slight herringbone weave. FR.
Commando Cloth/Duvetyne Lightweight cotton fabric with a velour look.  FR.
Icon Trevira polyester with a flat weave and vinyl backing.  IFR.
Nassau Repp Cotton or FR polyester woven with a herringbone weave.
Muslin Available in cotton and polyester; used for back drops and cyclorama curtains. Non-FR, FR and IFR.
Sharkstooth Scrim Open weave fabric used for see-through effects and lighting back drops.  Cotton FR or polyester IFR.

Fire safety is an important issue. Our manufactured stage curtains are flame retardant; however, much of the fabric sold separately is not.  Please download our Entertainment Fire Safety brochure for information on treating fabric and paint for fire retardancy.

Track
Complete track and hardware packages are available for manual or motorized operation.  We use only high quality tracks manufactured specifically for theatrical use and size them to your specifications. H&H Specialties and Automatic Devices Company are two of the companies providing curtain track.  Most tracks are custom lengths and selection of the track is determined by the height and weight of the curtains. Tracks can be installed for straight, curved, or serpentine operation.  Miscellaneous replacement hardware including rope, carriers, and hangers are also available.  Mainstage offers both the sale of the individual track products or the utilization of our own crew for turn-key installations. 

Rigging
Mainstage offers complete stage, television, and arena rigging systems; fire protection installations; and upgrades. Components are all manufactured to meet theatre standards, guaranteeing easy expansion and repair. Our rigging specialists can provide complete designs and specifications for your new or renovated system. Some of our rigging equipment suppliers are Automatic Devices Company, Peter Albrecht Corp., J.R.Clancy and H&H Specialties.

Rigging Types
Deadhung Battens or tracks permanently suspended with chains.
Fire curtains Code required curtains to seal of proscenium openings in case of fire. We specialize in the replacement of old asbestos fire curtains.
Counterweight Systems which allow the flying of battens by means of counterbalancing the batten with iron weights which ride in arbors.  Complete upright and underhung systems available. 
Motorized pipes A system that combines the batten and motor all in one unit.  Cables attach to the ceiling and the motor and pipe fly together.
Hoists Temporary motorized rigging typically used for touring shows.  The method used to fly overhead truss systems.
Pipe grids Permanently installed grid work of pipes typically used in TV studios or black box theatres.
Shells Complete custom orchestra shell systems.  Flown and floor supported systems.
Movie screens Complete screen installations from simple roll up to full cinemascope screens.

H&H Specialties offers downloadable catalogs for both their curtain track and rigging products. Please see our catalog listing for additional hardware and products.

Mainstage has developed a written specification that can be used to competitively bid stage curtains and their installation.  Available on a 3.5" diskette or within our most recent Mainstage CD-Rom, the specification includes both Word 97 and WordPerfect 6.0 documentation.  It is based on a standard AIA bidding document format for Section 11062.  It can be sent separately or inserted into construction documents for accurate competitive bids.  Download the Curtain Specifications now (Word document) or call a Mainstage office to have one sent to you.

Much of the information on this page can be found on the Mainstage Curtain brochure, available for download.