Some of the Types of Theatre Curtains We Supply at Cameo Curtains

Theatre curtains are used for a number of different purposes, many types being used to block light or sound, or to help sound move the way it is desired – normally towards the audience – improving the sound quality.

Front of house curtains are the visual barrier between the stage and the audience and are usually closed before the performance begins and during intervals. Intervals allow the stagehands to change the scenery if required without the audience seeing what is going on. Front of house curtains, or main curtains, are always made of inherently flame-retardant material.

Blackout curtains can be used in a number of different ways in order to dim or completely block light. They can be used at the sides of the stage performance area in order to hide off-stage areas and equipment from the view of the audience. These legs, as they are sometimes called, are made from light masking fabrics that totally or partially block the light from reaching the stage. They also minimise any light reflection from the stage itself.

Blackout curtains can also be used to help with the acoustics. When made of heavy porous material, such as black wool serge, they can help to improve the sound quality as well as blocking or dimming the light.

Backdrop curtains hang at the back or centrally on the stage and can perform a number of functions. Often, they are made from canvas and can be painted with a scene as a background to the action taking place on the stage. They can also be used for projection or lighting effects.

A scrim is another type of curtain and is made from an open-weave material that appears opaque when lit from the front, but becomes transparent if somebody or something behind it is lit. These are just a few of the types of curtains we can make at Cameo, but there are others such as cycs, borders, travelers, and so on.