|Texas Scenic Company manufactures stage
curtains to fit the needs of every type of performance space, large or
small. We offer the finest selection of fabrics available and fabricate
each job in-house. See the
page for a sales and design
professional to help you in your selections. For information on ordering curtains, visit
How to Order.
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Proscenium Curtains include the main
valance and the main curtain. These curtains provide a sound and sight
barrier between audience and stage. The design most often used is the
pleated traveler, a bi-parting curtain with two panels with a 3-foot center
overlap. There is always the option to use an Austrian puff curtain or a
contour lift curtain in this location.
include borders, legs or
side curtains and bi-part travelers such as mid-stage or concert curtains.
These are used to hide offstage areas and lighting equipment above the
stage, and function as stage dividers. Legs are sewn in pairs. Side curtains
are bi-parting panels with 2-foot center overlap. Travelers are two
bi-parting panels with 3-foot center overlap.
include sky cycs, muslin drops, and scrims. These are used as backdrops for
projection and lighting purposes. Seamed and seamless drops can be painted.
Austrian Puff Curtains
with both horizontal and vertical fullness. When in the down position they
have full scallops sewn into the curtain. This is a beautiful style of
curtain reminiscent of the old movie houses.
Contour Lift Curtains
appear to be a
standard main drape until they are raised up into place. When they lift up,
they form large contour scallops.
including slit drapes, rain curtains and lame curtains, can be purchased for
special scenic designs.
TSC is an authorized
distributor of track systems and components manufactured by
H & H
Specialties. A wide variety of systems are available including heavy, medium
and light duty, curved and straight traveler and walk-along tracks. Tracks
can be manually operated or motorized to suit a variety of stage, studio and
architectural applications. We can also supply rigging for contour curtains
and Austrian puff curtains.
A fire curtain is a heat
resistant, fabric panel located at the proscenium opening which will close
and separate the stage house from the audience in the event of a fire. These
curtains are usually required by the local building code and come in several
types of operation. TSC can supply all types of fire safety curtains,
including straight lift, tripped and braille curtains for manual or
Stage Curtain Fabrics
Velour: Used for most stage
and studio curtains, this heavy cotton fabric is available in 16, 20, 25 and
32 oz. weights. It is also available in a polyester blend that is inherently
flameproofed for use in areas where humidity is a factor. Multiple colors
are available as well as custom colors upon request.
This fabric is translucent when lit from behind and opaque when lit from the
front. It is used in theatrical applications to reveal a concealed set or
scene as well as being used to paint or dye a scene directly to the fabric.
Standard colors are black or white.
This fabric, usually referred to as a "Leno", is generally used as a
cyclorama. Although it is normally used in TV studios, it can be used in
theatrical settings and made any color by lighting. Leno filled scrim is only available in white, light grey, and sky blue.
Muslin: The all-purpose
fabric for drops and flats. It is sold bleached white, natural or sky blue
and in a variety of widths and lengths. Muslin is also used for cycloramas,
where a seamless background is desired. Widths range from 72 inches to 33
These fabrics are used for specific applications where typical stage curtain
fabrics are not suitable. Chroma Key and Ultimatte fabrics are used in
broadcast applications (typical background for weathermen). Polyvel is a
synthetic fabric TSC recommends for lift curtains. Glame, Metallix and
Metalure are decorative fabrics used normally as drops or curtains where a
reflective quality is desired. Slit drapes (or rain curtains) are narrow
slips of vinyl available in reflective or colors. These are just a few
examples of fabrics or curtains you may have seen which are too numerous to
list here. Call us for information.