Curtain Choices

The following information should help you make important decisions for your stage.

Valance Curtain

Normally installed downstage of the main act curtain, the valance masks the top of the curtain. When installed on a counterweight set or motorized unit, it allows you adjust the height of the proscenium opening.

Front Curtain

Located upstage of the proscenium opening, the curtain typically covers the entire height and width of the proscenium. The main curtain is usually made of tableau, Austrian, Venetian. or standard two section bi-parting, Austrian, Venetian, or Tableau curtains. The fabric is usually velour fabric which is available in many colors. The main curtain is typically mounted to a track.

Side Tabs/Legs

These curtains create wing space off stage on either side of the proscenium. They can be tied to a batten or installed on a track. When installed on a track with a rotodraper, you have the ability to turn and angle the legs.

Border Curtain

This is used to mask the rigging and lighting equipment. Typically this curtain is tied onto a batten.

Mid-Stage Traveler, Rear/Upstage Traveler

The mid-stage traveler is used to decrease the depth of the stage when needed for smaller productions as well as provide a backdrop. The rear traveler can be used for backdrops as well as creating a crossover for the performers and crew for productions. Travelers are typically a bi-parting curtain mounted on a track.

Cyclorama Curtain

A cyclorama curtain can be used for a multitude of settings, thereby creating different backdrops. Cyclorama curtains are fabricated from seamed or seamless natural or sky blue or white muslin. This curtain can either be tied onto a batten or installed on a walk-along track.


This can be used much the same way as a cyclorama curtain. Scrims appear opaque when lit from the front and virtually transparent when backlit. Typically this curtain is tied onto a batten.