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Proscenium Fire Curtains

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Custom Fire & Smoke Curtains for Theaters & Auditoriums

Newtex custom-made proscenium fire safety curtains are designed for use in theaters, school auditoriums and other public performance areas. Most city and state-mandated building codes require the use of fire 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®, our curtains have been tested to ensure they exceed nationally recognized model fire codes. They are listed and approved by the California State Fire Marshal's Office and the New York City Department of Buildings.

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  • Brail Type Curtains

    Used when the space above the proscenium is half or less than the height of the proscenium opening. Stored accordion-folded above the proscenium.

  • Straight Lift Curtains

    Simpler design used when the space above the proscenium is at least twice the height of the proscenium opening. Stored straight (without folds) above the proscenium.

  • Zetexplus Smoke Seals

    Designed to close the gap between the fire curtain and proscenium wall, preventing smoke from escaping and reaching the audience.

  • Zetexplus Borders

    Wrapped around stage lights to protect stage curtains from potential damage or risk of fire.

Test Procedures

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

Fabric Specifications Fire Endurance

ASTM E119 (UBC 43-1, NFPA 251, UL 263)

Flame Spread/Smoke Density

ASTM E84-89a (UBC 42-1, NFPA 255, UL 723)

Tensile Strength (Breaking Strength)

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 fire curtain.