Types of Stage Curtains
Each stage curtain is unique. At Illuminated Integration, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, we treat each curtain style differently to yield the best results. Between the fabric, size and opening of the curtain and the method of operation, you’ve got a myriad of options to choose from. When it comes time to upgrade, repair or replace your curtains, we’ll care for each curtain style according to your requirements.
Motorized Stage Curtain Systems
Motorized stage curtain systems feature automatic operation. This curtain system can come in the form of a grand drape that lifts vertically or splits in the center of the stage. Automatic curtain systems may also include masking curtains that hide the behind-the-scenes details of stage life from the audience. Backdrop curtains, used to shape the stage or set a scene, may also be motorized.
Automatic curtain systems have grown in popularity, as this style elevates the seamless consistency and dramatic intrigue of any production while making it easier for the stage crew to operate. However, their ease of operation doesn’t mean your stagehands can take a back seat. It’s crucial to make sure your motorized curtains stay in excellent condition through regular inspections, proper storage, professional cleanings and upgrades as needed.
Manual Stage Curtain Systems
We also offer manual stage curtain systems on the more traditional side of theater. These curtain styles are drawn by rope for the ultimate hand-touched effect. Whether raising, lowering, opening or closing, manual systems are highly versatile because your crew runs the show. Have them open rope-drawn curtains quickly for added drama or slowly to build intrigue — the flair is in your hands.
Manual stage curtain operation relies on finding the correct steel weight load balance. Your crew will need to modify this balance regularly for different sets or backdrops, so there’s potential for added wear and tear. To care for your stage curtains proactively, follow regular maintenance procedures, including thorough cleanings, dust removals and proper storage between or after shows.
Specialty Curtains and Crests
There’s a whole world of specialty stage curtains beyond manual and motorized curtain systems. Designed for added style and onstage drama, specialty curtains and crests can help set the scene for an audience and add timeless charm. For example, you can use open-net specialty scrim curtains to enhance special effects by making them appear or disappear depending on the stage lighting.
Because specialty curtains and crests are less common than standard motorized or manual curtains, it’s essential to partner with professional theatrical curtains consultants who can offer expert repair and replacement services. Investing in trained maintenance and repair services will ensure your specialty curtains keep shaping your stage for years to come.