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Proscenium Fire Curtains

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Custom Fire and Smoke Curtains for Theaters and Auditoriums

Newtex’s custom-made proscenium curtains (also known as “safety curtains”) are used for fire safety in theaters, school auditoriums, and other public performance areas. Most city and state-mandated building codes require the use of proscenium curtains, which are lowered in the event of a fire on stage to protect the audience from smoke and flames as the area is evacuated. Fabricated from ZetexPlus® Vermiculite Coated Fiberglass Fabric, ZetexPlus® Proscenium Fire Curtains have been tested to ensure they exceed nationally recognized fire codes. They are listed and approved by the California State Fire Marshal's Office and the New York City Department of Buildings.

Brail Type Proscenium Curtains
These accordion-folded fire curtains are used when the space above the proscenium is half or less than the height of the proscenium opening. Brail proscenium curtains are folded accordion style and stored above the proscenium.

Straight Lift Proscenium Curtains
These simple fire curtains feature an unfolded design that can be used when the space above the proscenium is at least twice the height of the proscenium opening. Straight lift proscenium curtains are stored straight (without folds) above the proscenium.

ZetexPlus® Smoke Seals
Smoke seals close the gap between the fire curtain and proscenium wall, preventing smoke from escaping and reaching the audience.

Border Curtains
Border curtains are often wrapped around stage lighting. Border curtains are used as the first line of defense to limit damage and prevent the spread of fire.

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Test Procedures

ZetexPlus® Proscenium Curtains have been tested using the procedures below to ensure they meet or exceed most building code requirements for performance of proscenium curtains.

  • Fabric Specifications Fire Endurance Testing
    ASTM E119 (UBC 43-1, NFPA 251, UL 263)
     
  • Flame Spread/Smoke Density Testing
    ASTM E84-89a (UBC 42-1, NFPA 255, UL 723)
     
  • Tensile Strength (Breaking Strength) Testing
    ASTM D-1682-64

Tests were performed by Intertek Testing Services/ Warnock Hersey, an approved test facility. Listing agencies include the California State Fire Marshal’s Office and New York City Department of Buildings.

Local building codes can vary, so understand your specific requirements before purchasing a proscenium curtain.